- Military Airlift Command Series
- Highly detailed diecast model
- Officially licensed by Boeing
- Aircraft registration number: 03-3119
- Measures Approximately: 5.25” L x 5.0” Wingspan
- Recommended for hobbyists and collectors 14 years and above.
- Not a toy.
This Gemini MACs (Military Airlift Command Series) diecast 1/400 scale model is of a Boeing B-52H of the 23rd Bomb Squadron “Bomber Barons”, 5th Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
This model is a great addition to your diorama or aircraft collection.
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber can carry up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons and has a typical combat range of around 8,800 miles (14,200 km) without aerial refueling.
The B-52H had the same crew and structural changes as the B-52G. The most significant upgrade was the switch to TF33-P-3 turbofan engines, which, despite the initial reliability problems (corrected by 1964 under the Hot Fan program), offered considerably better performance and fuel economy than the J57 turbojets. The ECM and avionics were updated, a new fire control system was fitted, and the rear defensive armament was changed from machine guns to a 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon (later removed in 1991–94). The final 18 aircraft were manufactured with provision for the ADR-8 countermeasures rocket, which was later retrofitted to the remainder of the B-52G and B-52H fleet. A provision was made for four GAM-87 Skybolt ballistic missiles. The aircraft's first flight occurred on 10 July 1960, and it entered service on 9 May 1961. This is the only variant still in use. A total of 102 B-52Hs were built. The last production aircraft, B-52H AF Serial No. 61-40, left the factory on 26 October 1962.