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New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:43 pm

I was just watching YouTube and there was an ad (not signed by any OEM or anybody) advocating for a new B-52 re-engine program to increase range and orbit time above the battlefield. Had some fairly professional animations.

Who is doing this? Is this some consultant trawling for business? It wasn’t signed by Boeing or anybody.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:52 pm

Is it this video? If it is, then obviously it's Boeing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHdIRwKtnig
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:11 pm

To the untrained eye, re-engining the B-52 seems like a no brainer...
Especially if you consider the potential gains to be had with current generation engines vs. the museum pieces currently hanging off these wings.

But there's always more than meet the eyes. I can't remember the specifics, but the last discussion on the topic was quite interesting and shed light on the underlying complexity of what seems a fairly straightforward project.

That said, whatever these complexities might be, the exponentially growing costs of maintaining and feeding these gas guzzling noise and smoke generators will eventually justify the effort. Especially if the air force plans on keeping these birds in the air another few decades...
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