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Boeing B-52B Stratofortress

Boeing B-52B Stratofortress

Few other military aircraft have been in service as long as the Boeing B-52. First flown in 1952, the B-52 is still active in the US Air Force and is expected to remain in service for at least another 20 years.

Boeing began designing the B-52 soon after the end of World War II to meet an Air Force request for a bomber that could operate at intercontinental ranges without the need for a forward base.
Becoming operational in 1955, the B-52 became one leg of the “nuclear triad” that included Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and missile-armed submarines. Together, they deterred any nuclear attacks on the US. Although intended to carry nuclear weapons, in actual combat the B-52 has only dropped conventional bombs and launched cruise missiles. During the Vietnam War, B-52s dropped tens of thousands of bombs on North Vietnam. In 1991’s Operation Desert Storm, B-52s from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, flew the longest combat mission in history, (35 hours in the air), to launch cruise missiles at targets in Iraq and return home.

The B-52B Stratofortress on display at Wings Over the Rockies was the seventh B-52 built and was originally created as an RB-52B for long-range reconnaissance operations. The Air Force used it for avionics testing before being converting it into a bomber. Then it served with the 93rd Bomb Wing, where it served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1966, it came to Lowry Air Force Base as a training airframe for munitions loading instruction.

The B-52B is on loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force.

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: 185 ft (56.4 m)
Length: 159 ft 4 in (48.6 m)
Maximum speed: 630 mph ( kp/h)
Maximum weight: 420,000 lb (190,509 kg)
Maximum internal bomb load: 43,000 lb ( kg)
Crew: Six (in B-52B)
Engines: Eight Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojets
Total thrust: 84,000 lbf (374 kN); 96,000 lbf (427 kN) with water injection

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Jun 15
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Wings is moving our regularly scheduled Breakfast Fly-in to be held on June 15 (third Saturday) as we help support Centennial Airports’ first Runway 5K Race on June 1.

Plan to join us on June 15 at Exploration of Flight for a fly-in featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation titled “High Altitude Physiology and it’s Impact on Pilots” by Dave Gissen. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

Saturday Jun 15
10:30AM TO 12:30PM
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Comic Creator Workshop

Comic Creator Workshop
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Unleash your creative side at this workshop celebrating the opening of our new Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit! A docent will share insights about the exhibit and the power of Peanuts, and then you will learn how to draw your own comic strip.

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Limited spots available. Suggested age is 9+.

Sunday Jun 16
12:00PM TO 5:00PM
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Dad’s Free Day at the Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wings Over the Rockies! All dads will receive FREE admission at both Wings locations on Father’s Day.

Bring the whole family and explore captivating exhibits, see iconic aircraft, immersive displays and more. Create lasting memories with Dad as you explore the wonders of aviation and space! Family members are welcome to pre-purchase their tickets online. Dad’s free admission ticket will be available at check in.

Click here to learn about visiting our second location, Exploration of Flight, on Dad’s Free Day.

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