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This is truly a pleasant surprise. On a fine bitterly cold morning last week, we took a walk (yeah, crazy idea at -5C) from our hotel in Yongsan towards Itaewon, and there next to the road, sat a B-52 in the compound of the War Memorial of Korea. I’d always wanted to see this (in)famous beast up close, so I just couldn’t believe my luck. I was excited like a kid!
The awesome and fearsome Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber, with the iconic Seoul Tower in the background. This is believed to be one of the only three B52s being displayed outside the USA. – the other two are in Darwin (Australia) and Duxford (England).
You can climb up to view the flight deck …
… but only if you are not acrophobic, otherwise vertigo can set in.
It’s quite a nice spot for a pose, esp. in the bright morning light.
Details on the displayed B-52, moved here March, 2009. Actual model is ‘Boeing B-52D-65-BO Stratofortress’; C/N 17221, original USAF S/N 55-105.
Yes, I go up to peek into the cockpit, but the lighting is bad. Looks cramped inside there, considering the huge size of the plane.
I glance at the wingspan of 53m. This ‘D’ model started flying in 1956. It played a major in carpet-bombing Vietnam during the Vietnam War (1955-75). Bad, bad bird!
The huge fuselage is almost 50m long, shorter than the winspan.
It has a short stubby nose, and the flight deck has two floors – only the pilot and co-pilot occupy the top floor. The bottom floor is the office for the navigator, electronic warfare officer, and radar navigator cum bombardier.
On each wing, two pods carry two powerful Pratt & Whitney engines each. Cruising speed is 850km/h, up to max altitude of almost 50,000ft. Combat radius is 7,200km, while ferry range is about 16,000km.
The wing is huge and long, and the weight of the four engines plus the fuel will make it sag when not flying. So it’s necessary to install a small landing gear, called the outrigger, at the end of the wing to support it when the plane lands and is on the ground.
Massive main landing gear. This mafaka weighs more than 200 tonnes when full of bombs.
That’s where they store the fireworks, which brought misery to thousands of unfortunate people down below.
The four engines on the port wing.
Close-up of the outrigger at the tip of the port wing.
There’s a pod at the wingtip next to the outrigger. Am not sure what it is for; some radar stuff, or extra fuel?
The fuselage is slender top-bottom, so when you look at the B-52 from the front, it looks rectangular.
The majestic tail and stabiliser.
Tail repainted with reg. USAF 50-1512. So now I can tick off B-52 from my list of planes to see.
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