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$30 million
heavy bomber
five
P&W J57
8 x 17,000 lbs ea.
185,000 lbs.
488,000 lbs.
70,000 lbs.
159' 4"
185' 0"
525 mph
650 mph
6,270 fpm
50,000 feet
8,800 miles
4/15/52
1955





Gordon Nichols and his rc B-52.


We have seen some fantastic scratch built rc B-52 airplanes, but don't know of many kits for them.

Pictured above is the rc B-52 scratch built by Gordon Nichols. It has a 23' wingspan and weight is about 320 lbs.

The Boeing B-52, known as the Stratofortress, was originally designed as a high altitude bomber. Due to increased effectiveness of anti aircraft defenses they have also developed low altitude, high speed penetration tactics.

The airplane had its specifications released by the United States Air Force in 1946 and first flew on April 15, 1952. Today, it is still going strong.



Sergio Vergara's rc B-52.

We received the following email from master builder Sergio Vergara:

"I usually built my own radio control airplanes, but I recently had an opportunity to build and test fly a rc B-52 from a well known Chinese manufacturer who is developing a kit.  This is my experience with the prototype.

The rc B-52 kit comes very complete and almost ready to fly. It is made made primarily from foam that is fully painted. I understand that it will be available with a full set of decals.  To give the model some "character" I put my own decals on the tail.  All control surfaced come hinged.  The wings have a carbon-fiber tube mounted in them.  There are recesses already made for the servos.  A wooden spar runs through each aileron and flap for strength.  The fuselage has a wooden support structure on both sides and contains a battery tray. Four ducted fans in the inboard engine positions power the rc B-52. These are included in the kit. The illustrated instructions are very clear and the model was ready for its first flights in just a few short hours.

At the flying field a range check was performed on the rc B-52.  All controls responded properly and it was ready to fly.  A very gentle wind was blowing straight down the runway.  The model was placed at the far end.  The rc B-52 moved out the instant I added throttle. The sound the four electric ducted fans made was terrific! She rolled straight down the runway and lifted off just before full throttle.  Like the real aircraft, the rc B-52 needed quite a lot of up elevator to establish a decent climb rate. However, it was not underpowered.  It moved along at a very good pace and I had to throttle back for more scale-like flight.

Once the rc B-52 was up "two mistakes high" I tested stall response. The airplane was very stable at low speeds as I kept adding up elevator.  The stall was indicated by just a straight ahead slight droop of the nose.  To recover, all that was necessary was adding throttle. Although lots of power is available from the four EDF units, it does take a while for the rc B-52 to build up flying speed after the stall. This is a big airplane.

There is enough power for loops and rolls, but that isn't how a B-52 flies.  It looks terrific making "bomb runs" and flying a low pattern.

When it was time to land I was anticipating that the rc B-52 would pitch down when the big flaps were dropped.  While there was a slight change in flight attitude, it was small and I did not have to compensate for it.  The rc B-52 slowed beautifully while floating down over the end of the runway. After my knees stopped shaking I realized that this is one of the easiest of all my rc airplanes to land!  The rc B-52 is such a stable flyer that I don't have any problems recommending it as a first large multi engine rc airplane project.

RC B-52 specifications: wingspan:  74"; length:  56.5";  power:  4 unspecified EDF units.

I will contact you if I hear any more details about the project from the manufacturer. - Regards, Sergio Vergara"



The bombers played a major role in the Vietnam War. They dropped over 2.9 million tons of ordnance during its duration.



RC Groups Jason and his rc B-52.

If you go to RC Groups you will find the rc B-52 thread from Trbdsl96 aka Jason. He announced that he is selling the rc B-52 in 49 piece kits. Its wingspan is 86" with power by four 55 mm fan units. Weight of the foamy, ready to fly, is about 10 1/2 lbs.

During the first days of the Gulf War the bombers launched cruise missiles to take out key targets. Eventually they flew 1,624 missions.



RC B-52 pusher prop by RC Groups Jason.

In the picture immediately above is the rc B-52 driven by a Himax motor turning a 9 x 7 pusher prop, built by Jason of RC Groups. We do not have any additional information about the rc airplane.

During the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the bombers, flying from bases in England, were again active.

Today they are also used in cooperation with the United States Navy for sea patrols, mine laying, and air to ship operations.



RC B-52 by Peter Angus.

Peter Angus posted the above picture of his great looking 10 year old rc B-52 driven by pusher engine power. If anyone has any additional information about the rc B-52, we would appreciate hearing from you.

The airplane is the primary nuclear bomber and the only air launched cruise missile platform in the U. S. A. F.  It can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.



RC B-52 from ParkJets plans.

The rc B-52 above is from Parkjet plans designed by Superhornet.  It is a foamy that has a 40 1/2" wingspan and a 35 1/2" length.  Power comes from an electric motor turning a 10 x 7 pusher prop.  Weight is around 18 oz.

The airplanes are periodically being rebuilt and upgraded to extend their service life. Most recent upgrades include the installation of satellite uplink system communications equipment.



John Pearson with his rc B-52.

John Pearson built the rc B-52 shown above as a test model on which he based a much larger slope soarer. The rc B-52 has a 78" wingspan, is made entirely from balsawood, and weighs around 6.5 lbs.

The airplane is capable of delivering virtually any airborne ordnance that the United States possesses.



John Pearson and crew with his rc B-52.

After his test rc B-52 flew successfully, John Pearson built the rc B-52 with a 192" wingspan. It is made from fiberglass over foam. Its length is 122" and weight is about 30 lbs.

Current plans are for the airplane to remain service with the USAF until about 2040.



RC B-52 by David Cairns.

The rc B-52 slope soarer, scratch built by David Cairns, is primarily of blue foam construction with balsa obechi sheeted wings. Wingspan is 11 feet and length is 9 feet. Weight is about 25 lbs.

A total of 744 airplanes were built, with the last one delivered in Oct. 1962.  About 94 remain in service.


RC B-52 from Green Air Design.

Th rc B-52 built from a kit by Green Air Design has a wingspan of 36". Materials used to construct it are Depron foam and wood. The kit includes a brushless pusher motor.


RC B-52 built by Joe Yap.

Unfortunately, we do not have any details about the nice looking rc B-52 slope soarer scratch built by Joe Yap of RC Groups. Please email us if you do.


Jose with his rc B-52.

Pictured is Jose from Spain with his rc B-52. It was posted to the RC Universe forum by dcairns. The rc B-52 has a 12 foot wingspan and is powered by eight Robbe 400 EDF units.

Al Walker's foamy rc B-52 has a 42" wingspan and is pusher prop powered.

Colin Clous built a rc B-52 from balsa and plywood. It has a 60" wingspan and uses EDF power.

Victorio Sanguinetti's scratch built rc B-52 has a wingspan of 38" and is powered by a CD ROM motor turning a pusher propeller.

Roy Legg's rc B-52 wingspan is 52". Power comes from Speed 280 size motors turning micro fan units.

William Rogers has a rc B-52 that is a foamy. Its has a 55" wingspan and power comes from EDF units.

Joe Sierra's 78" wingspan rc B-52 slope soarer controls are ailerons, rudder, and elevator.  Weight is about 4 lbs.

Bill Marques built his own rc B-52. It has a 43" wingspan and is powered by Razor motors turning EDF's.

Richard Lee's rc B-52 has a 60" wingspan. It uses an electric motor turning a tractor propeller on each wing.

Lenny Shaw's 67" wingspan rc B-52 is powered by 55 mm EDF units. Weight is around 4 lbs.

Free RC Plans.com has drawings which may help in the building of a rc B-52.

If there is another rc B-52 you would like to tell us about, please email us.











                           

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