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In service until the XXII century: General Electric introduced a program for replacing engines for the B-52

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In service until the XXII century: General Electric introduced a program for replacing engines for the B-52

The eight-engine B-52 Stratofortress first flew into the sky in 1952, served in Vietnam and continued to work as a key asset of the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War. Although the last aircraft was built in the mid-1960s, the aircraft were constantly updated, and it is currently planned to keep them in the Air Force fleet for about another 20 years. But the manufacturer is ready for a longer period.


It would be a pretty good "run", but General Electric believes that the B-52 can be upgraded and will continue to serve in the XXII century, if the Air Force will cooperate with them. GE has proposed a reengineering program that will replace current Pratt & Whitney engines, similar to those used on the Boeing-707, with some that also have history use in commercial aircraft.

Thus, instead of completely replacing the B-52 in 2040 with the new B-21 Ryder invisible bomber, the updated B-52 could supplement its younger brother for up to 70 years. This would allow the B-52 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of service in 2102!

But neither the Air Force nor GE are simply seeking to preserve the legacy of the B-52. Both see this reengineering option as a way to reduce costs, simplify maintenance, increase reliability and expand fleet capabilities.

In April, the Air Force requested applications for the transfer of the B-52 from its current engine to an updated engine. Therefore, GE views its proposal to extend the life of the aircraft after 2040 as a competitive advantage for this contract, as the company goes head to head with Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney.

GE also offers the Air Force a key strategic approach - the ability to implement the same systems used by commercial aircraft. This tactic eliminates a number of potential supply chain problems and provides an organic source of maintenance and reliability information.
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  1. bad
    bad 16 July 2020 16: 45 New
    15
    Interestingly, the state of the glider will allow so much to serve?
    1. AUL
      AUL 16 July 2020 16: 54 New
      +7
      The fatigue of metal has not yet been canceled! Although specialists there are aware of this factor, apparently, they came up with something.
      1. ancient
        ancient 16 July 2020 18: 23 New
        16
        Quote: AUL
        The fatigue of metal has not yet been canceled!

        So yes ... but that is precisely why all airplanes "fly on static" constantly and there, in the process of "constant operation", all the loads and possibilities of further operation, including time periods, are already determined.
        Research is carried out, bulletins are issued, improvements are made, and on the basis of their implementation, new calendars and operating resources are published.
        SibNIA im. SA Chaplygin together with the Design Bureau and enterprises of the aviation industry.

        And if you think that a potential enemy has ... "differently" ... you are deeply mistaken wink
        1. Aviator_
          Aviator_ 16 July 2020 18: 33 New
          +1
          SibNIA im. SA Chaplygin together with the Design Bureau and enterprises of the aviation industry.

          TsAGI forgot to mention.
          1. ancient
            ancient 16 July 2020 18: 44 New
            10
            Quote: Aviator_
            TsAGI forgot to mention.

            Then it would have already been necessary to "mention" specifically all research institutes, all design bureaus and their laboratories of strength testing complexes, all LIiDB of all design bureaus, as well as laboratories of aircraft manufacturing plants wink
            And I am so ... "short" and fast. wink
            1. Aviator_
              Aviator_ 16 July 2020 19: 00 New
              0
              TsAGI, along with SibNIA, has the right to sign the conclusion, but various other laboratories do not.
              1. ancient
                ancient 16 July 2020 19: 06 New
                11
                Quote: Aviator_
                sign an opinion

                Any "organization" that deals with "strength" and "residual strength" (in short, tests for resource and survivability) themselves issue a CONCLUSION based on the results of these tests and put their own "chikuhi" themselves, as it is their responsibility.
                1. Aviator_
                  Aviator_ 16 July 2020 21: 31 New
                  -1
                  In your opinion, any educational laboratory with a hall for static and life tests has the right to issue conclusions on the resource of the apparatus? - You are deeply mistaken. Without the conclusion of TsAGI or SibNIA, not a single apparatus has the right to take off.
                  1. ancient
                    ancient 17 July 2020 10: 06 New
                    +9
                    Quote: Aviator_
                    In your opinion, any educational laboratory with a hall for static and life tests has the right to issue conclusions on the resource of the apparatus?

                    Not in my opinion, but ... BY LAW!
                    This time.!
                    Secondly, I’m not mistaken, but I’m in the topic !, but you ...... I doubt it!
                    I will repeat it again ... for the especially gifted. "
                    Based on the result of ALL types of WORKS and RESEARCH ACTIVITIES are formed with the RESULTS of these carried out WORKS and ACTIVITIES, which are reflected in the CONCLUSIONS or ACTs on the results of the study of the technical condition.
                    CONCLUSIONS The JOINT (!!!!!) (KB, TsAGI, SibNIA, Gos NII GA) is formed and issued
                    On the basis of these conclusions, KBs are studied, systematized, and based on this documentation, BULLETINS are issued (for citizens, for their own), which are approved at the level of the Ministry of Aviation and are accepted as binding.
                    After the completion of these BULLETINS at the enterprises of the aviation industry, the aircraft (and its components, including engines, propellers, bushings, etc.) is issued a DECISION on ...... either establishing or extending the service life and resource (assigned and overhaul), and also the terms of storage and operation.
                    This Decision is APPROVED (by the senior officials of the FSWT and the RF Ministry of Defense) and SIGNED by:
                    1. The head of the KB (GC or his Deputy).
                    2. General Director or his Deputy State Research Institute of Civil Aviation.
                    3. General Director or his Deputy State Research Institute "Air Navigation.
                    In the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation a little .. "differently" bully
                    All Acts, Conclusions and Decisions at all stages of the conduct .. are STRICTLY REGULATED and NUMBERED.
                    I hope that everything is clear and more to this topic .. we are not returning.
                    And yes ... what does your statement mean ... "any training laboratory"? belay request
                    1. Aviator_
                      Aviator_ 17 July 2020 10: 36 New
                      -1
                      And yes ... what does your statement mean ... "any training laboratory"?

                      This is what you yourself wrote about
                      Any “organization” that deals with “strength” and “residual strength”,
                      1. ancient
                        ancient 17 July 2020 10: 46 New
                        +9
                        Quote: Aviator_
                        This is what you yourself wrote about

                        Don't know the difference between .. TRAINING and practical RESOURCE TESTS? wink
                        Well, why get out and .. "bustle" ... they made a "blunder" ... so admit that you are wrong and that's it ... no, you need to ... "get out 2 ... for what ... whatever ..." not to lose face "? ... So here nobody sees" him " wassat
        2. Lozovik
          Lozovik 16 July 2020 19: 28 New
          +2
          Yes sir! Even the forty-fifths are chasing soldier

      2. Piramidon
        Piramidon 17 July 2020 14: 15 New
        0
        Quote: AUL
        The fatigue of metal has not yet been canceled! Although specialists there are aware of this factor, apparently, they came up with something.

        When cracks in the wing skin began to be detected on our Tu-95RC, factory representatives simply riveted patches from duralumin on them
    2. Zeev
      Zeev zeev 16 July 2020 16: 56 New
      +8
      Even as it allows. Airplanes of an old solid construction, and they fly without overload on the glider. The B-52 is something like the “Douglas” DC-3 / S-47 (which still flies here and there, and not museum exhibits, but workhorses), an absolutely unkillable device during normal use.
      1. venik
        venik 16 July 2020 18: 38 New
        +3
        Quote: ZeevZeev
        Even as it allows. The planes are still of old solid construction .... "Douglas" DC-3 / S-47 (which still fly in some places, and not museum exhibits, but workhorses), is absolutely indestructible during normal operation.

        =========
        An-24/26 - also still in service, and they are over 60 years old - the most "new" already "over forty"! And they will still work hard !!! Their "flyers" are called "indestructible machine"! drinks
    3. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 16 July 2020 16: 58 New
      +4
      Quote: malo
      Interestingly, the state of the glider will allow so much to serve?

      Experts say that each such machine can fly at least eighty-three years, and this period ends in 2040.
    4. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 16 July 2020 17: 03 New
      +1
      Quote: malo
      Interestingly, the state of the glider will allow so much to serve?

      And so the legend "of the Eternal Glider" appears! belay
    5. dzvero
      dzvero 16 July 2020 17: 41 New
      +1
      A very long time, especially if they will not fly. Quote from the article:
      But neither the Air Force nor GE are simply seeking to preserve the legacy of the B-52. Both see this reengineering option as a way to reduce costs, simplify maintenance, increase reliability and expand capabilities. car fleet.
      smile
    6. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 16 July 2020 18: 01 New
      +2
      Quote: malo
      Interestingly, the state of the glider will allow so much to serve?

      Quote: AUL
      The fatigue of metal has not yet been canceled!

      It is necessary to follow the news in foreign media.
      And here, ironic laughter about our Bears-Tu-95 was recently quoted from their media, and now what is the STO ?! Themselves decided on the B-52 fly into the XXII century ?! Oh well ...
      1. Zeev
        Zeev zeev 16 July 2020 18: 29 New
        +2
        Not from THEIR media, but from the Chinese.
        1. akarfoxhound
          akarfoxhound 16 July 2020 22: 08 New
          0
          "From them, from them ..." About the antediluvian, about knocking down and so on
  2. Berber
    Berber 16 July 2020 16: 47 New
    -3
    Expensive weapons programs fade into the background. Copy our strategy for modernization of the aircraft.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 16 July 2020 16: 55 New
      10
      If only ...
      The new bomber raider must commit
      first flight next year.
      1. zwlad
        zwlad 16 July 2020 16: 57 New
        +2
        Very much like the B-2.
        1. Grazdanin
          Grazdanin 16 July 2020 16: 58 New
          +5
          All aircraft built according to the scheme of a flying wing are similar to each other.
        2. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 16 July 2020 19: 54 New
          +4
          And there is. This is, like, a reduced copy of the V-2 with avionics and two engines from the F-35
          1. paco.soto
            paco.soto 16 July 2020 22: 05 New
            0
            https://www.airforcemag.com/b-21-images-show-new-details-of-secret-bomber/
            Thank you, I checked it - here is a short description.
      2. Berber
        Berber 16 July 2020 16: 59 New
        +1
        Many years will pass from the first flight to adoption. And by analogy with F 35, it will significantly increase in price from the initial price and will get rid of "childhood diseases" for a long time. Which in turn will delay the time of full commissioning.
        I think so.
    2. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 16 July 2020 17: 06 New
      +4
      Quote: BerBer
      Expensive weapons programs fade into the background. Copy our strategy for modernization of the aircraft.

      The Americans conceived the replacement of engines with a B-52 (4 instead of 8 ...) somewhere else, in the 80s of the last century ...
      1. spech
        spech 16 July 2020 17: 15 New
        +4
        And they will call him the B-52 MAX
        1. tralflot1832
          tralflot1832 16 July 2020 18: 36 New
          0
          I will slightly correct B 52 MAD MAX. Honorary pilot Mell Gibson, every 50 years we change only the numbers at the end B 52 MAD MAX 1, B 52 MAD MAX 2,3, 4,5 ...
      2. bayard
        bayard 17 July 2020 07: 45 New
        0
        There was an attempt to replace the engine from the Boeing-4 with the 747th engine, but ... it did not work. It seems that during the first test the engine came off - excess power.
  3. ved_med12
    ved_med12 16 July 2020 16: 58 New
    +1
    And someone still drives our "bears", such as outdated ...
    1. Pavel57
      Pavel57 16 July 2020 17: 12 New
      +1
      We have no alternative to the NK-12, without them the Tu-95/142 will not fly.
      1. ved_med12
        ved_med12 16 July 2020 17: 25 New
        +5
        Sorry, what is wrong with the NK-12?


        Currently, Tupolev PJSC is conducting the next modernization of the Tu-95. As Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on December 24, in 2020 the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive six updated Bears. The aircraft will be equipped with modern navigation and radio systems, as well as electronic warfare systems.

        Together with the Tu-95, domestic engineers repeatedly improved the NK-12. Modernization involved the replacement of materials and control equipment. As a result, the power of the power plant in take-off mode increased to 15 thousand liters. from. At the same time, the engine retained the main advantages laid down by Kuznetsov: reliability, efficiency, unpretentiousness in operation.
        1. Revolver
          Revolver 16 July 2020 18: 25 New
          -1
          Quote: ved_med12
          Sorry, what is wrong with the NK-12?

          First, is the technology of its production (and components) preserved? Not sure. And even if it has survived, will it be able to survive for another, say, a quarter of a century? After all, orders are countable, and the market economy and planned unprofitable business does not tolerate.
          Secondly, the nacelles are part of the wing. So, it will not work to change to another motor with different dimensions, unlike the B-52, in which the motors are suspended on pylons. And the same severely limits the possibility of upgrading the existing motor. And making a new wing, I'm sorry, is almost like making a new aircraft with 1950s technology.
          1. orionvitt
            orionvitt 16 July 2020 19: 11 New
            0
            Quote: Nagan
            First, is the technology of its production (and components) preserved?

            If the technology is there, then losing it is problematic, especially when the country did not experience industrial decline, as in the United States. It is in Russia that they could have lost something in the 90s, and then, if something is needed strongly, then the technologies are restored without problems. It is only for the Americans how to transfer the production of something to other countries, so the technologies are perfectly preserved and everything works. And how to reproduce what once supposedly happened, so the technologies are suddenly "lost". I am talking about the most sensational, about the lunar program, the "unsurpassed engine" F-1 and the "unsurpassed rocket" Saturn 5. So to the omen.
            1. Revolver
              Revolver 16 July 2020 19: 19 New
              +4
              Quote: orionvitt
              something is badly needed, then technologies restore without problems

              How is it with the gas turbine propulsion systems for frigates of the admiral's series? Helicopters? Marine diesels? An-124? Has everything been restored and imported?
              1. ved_med12
                ved_med12 16 July 2020 19: 52 New
                +3
                Especially for you, I will duplicate.


                Together with the Tu-95, domestic engineers repeatedly improved the NK-12. Modernization involved the replacement of materials and control equipment. As a result, the power of the power plant in take-off mode increased to 15 thousand liters. from. At the same time, the engine retained the main advantages laid down by Kuznetsov: reliability, efficiency, unpretentiousness in operation.
                1. igor67
                  igor67 16 July 2020 20: 12 New
                  +3
                  Quote: ved_med12
                  Especially for you, I will duplicate.


                  Together with the Tu-95, domestic engineers repeatedly improved the NK-12. Modernization involved the replacement of materials and control equipment. As a result, the power of the power plant in take-off mode increased to 15 thousand liters. from. At the same time, the engine retained the main advantages laid down by Kuznetsov: reliability, efficiency, unpretentiousness in operation.

                  At 89 I moved to the assembly shop for NK12, 4,2, and 3 series, even then the power was 15 thousand horses, and yes, on the MP engine, the box of aircraft and units was changed on the MP engine, for large generators and something there on the strapping, Yes, I remembered and the compressor blades had a different coating
              2. orionvitt
                orionvitt 17 July 2020 09: 24 New
                +1
                Quote: Nagan
                Quote: orionvitt
                something is badly needed, then technologies restore without problems

                How is it with the gas turbine propulsion systems for frigates of the admiral's series? Helicopters? Marine diesels? An-124? Has everything been restored and imported?

                For your reference. Gas turbine marine engines, D-18 engines for An-124, have never been produced in Russia, Marine diesel engines, in the majority, were also produced earlier in Ukraine (Tokmak). So, all the documentation for technological processes, all these products remained there and in Russia, had to be developed anew. As for helicopter engines, everything is fine here, since they were originally developed in Russia and are now perfectly produced, for example, in Gatchina. You, before yelling that everything is lost, first familiarize yourself with the topic. The production of IL-76 was transferred from Tashkent to Ulyanovsk without any problems, and everything is fine.
                1. zwlad
                  zwlad 17 July 2020 19: 28 New
                  0
                  With huge problems, but translated
              3. 5-9
                5-9 17 July 2020 09: 26 New
                -2
                Well, if Aztlan falls off the United States and grabs Seattle, how soon will they be able to replace Airbus with the MS-21 and CRJ-929? :)))
                1. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 01: 55 New
                  -2
                  It will not fall off, self-government is at a sufficient level and so, but there will be a lot of minuses.
                  1. 5-9
                    5-9 18 July 2020 09: 27 New
                    0
                    This I mean that we did not lose our competence, but the production ended up on the territory of other countries ..
            2. bk0010
              bk0010 16 July 2020 20: 29 New
              +1
              Quote: orionvitt
              If the technology is there, then losing it is problematic
              Not a problem at all. Moreover, it happens all the time and all over the world (where there is technology).
              1. ved_med12
                ved_med12 16 July 2020 22: 05 New
                -1
                In 1998, he completed an internship at KMPO (Kazan Engine-Building Production Association). for the loss of a blueprint of the process technology by a student, not a particularly complicated DETAIL !!!! almost to the point of criminal responsibility ...
            3. 3danimal
              3danimal 16 July 2020 22: 39 New
              -2
              So you mean Saturn 5 didn't FLY? And thousands of people who watched the starts (live) have dreamed everything?
              1. ved_med12
                ved_med12 16 July 2020 22: 57 New
                0
                If this question is for me, then I hasten to disappoint you ... What are YOU about ????
                1. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 01: 54 New
                  -2
                  The error came out, the answer is not for you smile
              2. Pavel57
                Pavel57 17 July 2020 15: 26 New
                -1
                There is a version that Saturn flew, but not to the moon in the Atlantic.
                1. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 01: 53 New
                  -2
                  Like the version that the Nazis were evacuated to the dark side of the moon smile
                2. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 01: 57 New
                  -2
                  And the whole world, including the Union, they bribed / intimidated / were in a conspiracy smile
              3. orionvitt
                orionvitt 18 July 2020 09: 25 New
                +1
                Quote: 3danimal
                So you mean Saturn 5 didn't FLY?

                We flew. But where, how far and why, the question. Where is it all, if nothing better has been invented so far? The entire American lunar program consists of only logical contradictions.
                1. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 09: 35 New
                  -1
                  Well why. We put corner reflectors on the moon. (And they started tracking them half an hour after installation). They brought several hundredweight of lunar soil. Rovers, flag, parts of lunar modules are still there.
                  1. orionvitt
                    orionvitt 18 July 2020 10: 03 New
                    +1
                    Quote: 3danimal
                    We put corner reflectors on the moon

                    To put corner reflectors, people do not have to fly there.
                    They brought a few centners of lunar soil
                    Where is he? And with a rover, generally a joke. Until now, even in orbit, every gram of the payload is considered. And here, to the moon, think about it, not to the neighboring area, but to the moon they dragged almost a ton of ballast to arrange a ride on the camera on the moon. I don't know about you, but you can't call me gullible. In addition, technologically, even now, a man's flight to the moon is very problematic (or even impossible at all), and even 50 years ago, so in general.
                    1. 3danimal
                      3danimal 18 July 2020 15: 15 New
                      -2
                      There was a huge supply of delivered weight. You won't go far on foot on the moon, I had to take it.
            4. 3danimal
              3danimal 18 July 2020 01: 56 New
              -1
              So you mean Saturn 5 didn't FLY? And thousands of people who watched the starts (live) have dreamed everything?
              1. Pavel57
                Pavel57 18 July 2020 13: 41 New
                -1
                Arguments that the Americans did not fly more than they did. This topic has been traversed far and wide, but then a question of faith.
                1. 3danimal
                  3danimal 18 July 2020 16: 12 New
                  -1
                  I prefer to trust Soviet scientists and cosmonauts, not conspiracy theorists.
          2. Errr
            Errr 16 July 2020 22: 52 New
            -1
            The power of the base model was continuously increasing - NK-12M has already received 15 liters. sec., and the capacity of the NK-000 modification was 16 liters. from. Currently, the Tupolev company is conducting the next modernization of the Tu-12.
            A source: https://rostec.ru/news/dvigateli-kuznetsova-operezhaya-vremya/?sphrase_id=204119
  4. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 16 July 2020 17: 00 New
    0
    Oh, sorry ... the Wright brothers did not modernize the eroplan at one time!
  5. Undecim
    Undecim 16 July 2020 17: 17 New
    +4
    What's the news? Is CERP involved in GE Aviation? That's not news. And the fact that GE Aviation offers two options is also not news.

    GE Aviation decided which of the two to offer definitively?
    Or did the author decide to remind himself?
  6. Smirnoff
    Smirnoff 16 July 2020 17: 28 New
    14
    Looks like a good condition, since such terms were measured.
    1. 5-9
      5-9 17 July 2020 09: 29 New
      -1
      Not a fact, perhaps there is simply no other missile carrier and no other missile carrier is expected ... plans for the B-21, judging by how the plans for the F-35 correlate with reality, such plans ... and the B-2A campaign mustache .... " they were too good for this world "
  7. Thrifty
    Thrifty 16 July 2020 17: 31 New
    -3
    But such a thing as design fatigue, and first of all, the glider of the Senate and the Congress of the United States will be canceled by a decree? Why not leave the B3000 in service before the year 52? ??
    1. Zeev
      Zeev zeev 16 July 2020 17: 36 New
      +2
      As part of the Black Sea Fleet there is still a rescue ship "Commune" (sort of, I can be mistaken with the name), since it was built in 1913. And nothing like that, crisp. An airplane is certainly not a steamer, but it can also serve for a very long time.
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty 16 July 2020 17: 41 New
        +1
        Zeevzeev, this is an inappropriate comparison, for I have never in my life seen a flying steamer! They have different tasks and functions, different technical operating conditions! The "Commune" is a rescuer, it will not leave the port in bad weather, and then a combat aircraft, strategist, will give an order, and fly regardless of the weather. ..
        1. Grazdanin
          Grazdanin 16 July 2020 17: 45 New
          +2
          And the B52 does not fly at 3 speeds of sound. It originally incorporated increased reliability. With normal passage THEN there will be nothing.
          1. Thrifty
            Thrifty 16 July 2020 18: 04 New
            -6
            Citizen, he will not give one supersonic, will crumble from overloads. There will be nothing with him if he has been standing in the hangar all these years, and no one has succeeded in repealing the laws of physics! A scam is a bonanza, having the B52 in service until the next century.
        2. Zeev
          Zeev zeev 16 July 2020 18: 32 New
          +2
          "Dakotas" still fly beautifully, and the last of them was released in 1945. Likewise, the B-52 is not an airplane that flies with high G-forces and at very high speeds.
      2. akarfoxhound
        akarfoxhound 16 July 2020 22: 12 New
        -1
        Open up ... compared the hole with a finger laughing
    2. Undecim
      Undecim 16 July 2020 18: 02 New
      +4
      But such a thing as design fatigue, and first of all, the glider of the Senate and the Congress of the United States will be canceled by a decree?
      Why would they do such stupid things?
      To address such issues, there are strong engineers with the appropriate knowledge. Have you heard about the Weller curve?
      1. Errr
        Errr 16 July 2020 23: 08 New
        0
        Greetings! hi
        Alas, not everything is as rosy on aluminum as we would like ... what
        Fatigue curves of steel (blue color, endurance limit is visible) and aluminum (red, endurance limit is undetectable).
        A source: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Предел_выносливости#Определение_предела_выносливости
        1. Undecim
          Undecim 17 July 2020 07: 51 New
          0
          And I greet you. I advise you to look at more decent sources specifically on strength in aviation.
  8. Pandiurin
    Pandiurin 16 July 2020 17: 44 New
    +1
    Apparently GE has such an appetite,
    what kind of modernization was requested
    so indecent a lot
    that somehow it doesn’t look too defiant only with a period of further use of 70 years.

    Sophisticated technology does not become obsolete by any single factor, but by many factors at once. The engines will be replaced with modern ones, but there will be a bunch of everything that will not correspond to the time.
  9. Fedorovich
    Fedorovich 16 July 2020 17: 46 New
    0
    I doubt it very much, but I think he will stretch it for about fifty years ...
  10. rr3d8ull
    rr3d8ull 16 July 2020 17: 56 New
    +3
    She is a fortress in Africa Fortress.
  11. 5-9
    5-9 17 July 2020 09: 34 New
    0
    Would GE want money for pre-2102 engines right now? Well, all of a sudden there again what mosquito flu will hinder, and they will do them (like) to the warehouse?
    Well, or for fairy tales about 2102, spend a dozen lard for modernization (draw a project there, paint it in real life, remove cartoons, share the remaining 90% of the dough), and then - this is the handsome B-21, and the B-52 is expensive for him, all of a sudden! !!, 70 years old ... write off, only write off.

    Well, the military-industrial complex cannot be amer without peeling ... which option? Or ... both at once? wink
  12. Fitter65
    Fitter65 17 July 2020 18: 03 New
    0
    This would allow the B-52 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of service in 2102!
    Even ships don't serve that much
    Quote: malo
    Interestingly, the state of the glider will allow so much to serve?

    Also an interesting point, because the device is designed for a certain number of flight hours, takeoffs and landings. Metal gets tired in the same power set and not only. They are already and as an accordion, corrugated fly ...
  13. Pavel57
    Pavel57 18 July 2020 19: 02 New
    0
    Quote: 3danimal
    I prefer to trust Soviet scientists and cosmonauts, not conspiracy theorists.

    Right. We must trust the Soviet cosmonauts. Once Alexei Leonov, in a fit of professional frankness, said that flights at a distance of 500 km. from Earth are impossible.)))