Welcome back to the our channel for a discussion about how the B-52 became a heavily armed missile launcher and how missiles, in general, have changed military aviation. To fully appreciate the B-52 you have to fly on it. As a non-aircrew member serving in the USAF in the 70s I was fortunate to fly on a B-52 during a long combat training mission. It’s a legacy bomber, but with current and future upgrades planned, including new engines, it’s still a beast to be feared for it’s intended mission. Kudos also to the skilled B-52 maintainers and weapons systems specialists who have kept the BUFF operational since the first one entered service at Castle AFB, CA in 1955. LT Rob United States air Force retired. I was in activate service during the Gulf war. I never flew anything this big. What a monster. that's also an amazing piece of equipment. Dual props very loud when I flew near by. I'm not going to compare or put anyone down. I'm very over those feelings. What I flew there was also talk about not being necessary, not needed anymore. However it's been updated a few times just like the B52. We have faster and stealthy available but nothing carries the weight or can fly the range without the need of refueling although it can be refueled. The military should not look at the age so much. Better to look at the money that's needed to keep it flying and what can it accomplish.