Here’s a photo of the B-52H Stratofortress and its entire payload in one photograph. Feeling small yet?
The B-52H is the United State Air Force’s equivalent of the longest range, highest payload “multi-role” bomber in service today. Known as “The Buff” (big ugly fat fellow), it is the Air Force’s main strategic conventional and nuclear weapons platform in the sky.
This is what its entire arsenal looks like:
With a payload of more than 70,000 pounds, the B-52H has one of the most feared weapons systems in the world. This includes:
Eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles.
Four AGM-142 Raptor missiles.
Fifty One 500-pound bombs.
Thirty 1,000-pound bombs.
Twenty AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles.
12 joint stand-off weapons.
12 joint direct-attack munitions.
16 wind-corrected munitions dispensers.
And all this is flying overhead somewhere in the world right now.
The B-52 Stratofortress became operational in 1955 and is still active today. With its use and effectiveness, the U.S. Air Force hopes it will remain functional for at least 100 years, and has every plan to do so.
All photos via Airforce Technology