Titles: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress No’s 1 to 3

The first B-52 first flew in 1954, and the type has been in continuous service since. Current projections see the aircraft remaining in service until 2040, a remarkable career of nearly 90 years.

It had a remarkable beginning. The original XB-52 design as selected by the USAAF in 1946 was a six-engined straight winged propeller driven heavy bomber. In 1948, Boeing’s Chief Engineer Ed Wells and his team were in Dayton, Ohio when the USAF told them they now wanted a more modern jet-powered aircraft. Over the following weekend, in a Dayton hotel room, the team designed a new eight-engined swept-wing jet bomber, made a scale model out of balsa wood and prepared a 33 page report.

An initial run of 13 B-52A’s was approved. The production version was the B-52B with more weight and larger engines. Originally designed as a high-altitude nuclear bomber, the aircraft has been modified for low-level flight, carriage of cruise missiles, etc. Later versions of the B-52 had increasing power, range and capability. The last version, the only one left in service, was the B-52H with turbofan engines. A total of 744 B-52s were built in Seattle and Wichita between 1952 and 1962.

We offer three titles covering the later variants of the aircraft. Each title is US$9.95. The files have been scanned from the original manuals and retain any colour pages unless otherwise stated.

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Title 1 contains:

  • USAF Flight Manual for the B-52C and B-52D, T.O. 1B-52C-1 dated 20-6-67 revised to 15-4-74, with approx 1092 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual Appendix 1 – Performance data for the B-52D, T.O. 1B-52D-1-1 dated 1-4-79 revised to 1-10-81, with approx 502 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • USAF Flight Manual for the B-52E and B-52F, T.O. 1B-52E-1 dated 1-11-62 revised to 30-4-65, with approx 934 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual for the B-52G, T.O. 1B-52G-1 dated 1-1-75 revised to 15-3-82, with approx 1120 pages.

Title 3 contains:

  • USAF Flight Manual for the B-52H, T.O. 1B-52H-1 dated 31-8-96 revised to 1-6-06, with approx 1422 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual – Performance data for the B-52H, T.O. 1B-52H-1-1 dated 1-9-01 revised to 1-6-06, with approx 576 pages.
  • USAF Radar Navigator/Navigator Manual for the B-52H, T.O. 1B-52H-1-12 dated 1-7-05 revised to 1-6-06 with approx 876 pages.
  • USAF Electronic Warfare Officer Manual for the B-52H, T.O. 1B-52H-1-13 dated 31-8-96 revised to 1-6-06 with approx 272 pages.
  • 8 Weapon delivery manuals for various different munitions.