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Umm...How Old the B-52?


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#1 Chino Kid

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:01 PM

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I'm thinking..."flown by their Grandfathers"!


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:20 PM

I wonder if this is currently the longest service life of any military aircraft type. The venerable C-47 is often cited for its longevity, but I believe it was no longer active after only some 30 years.

Of course with total rebuilds an aircraft type can be kept in service indefinitely as long as they fulfill a mission. I've read that it is likely B-52s will still be in service on the hundredth anniversary of the type's first flight. 



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 11:50 PM

First flight was April 1952. Service entry was February 1955.

 

So it has been in active service for 61 years 7 months. The only other other military vehicle in active service longer is the USS Constitution, which first sailed under the US flag in Jul 1798, and is still in active service. So it has been serving for 218 years.

 

But I think the B-52 easily has the record for aircraft.



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 11:24 PM

However for the one in longest production...

The C-130 Hercules is the longest continuously produced military aircraft at over 60 years, with the updated Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules being produced today.

 

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 08:52 PM

Antonov An-2 production 1947–2001, Chinese version may be still being produced as Shijiazhuang Y-5.

 

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 02:40 AM

I believe you can still buy a brand new An-2 from PZL in Poland.



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 02:47 AM

Is the An-2 still in military service? The best information I can find suggests that they are still used by North Korea. Quite a few are still in civilian service. It's a weird old plane that I've always had a soft spot for.



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 07:11 PM

I believe they are still in military use in many countries, being inexpensive and easy to operate. For paratroopers, transport and clandestine missions...


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:53 PM

Boeing CH-47 Chinook might be a surprising contender, introduced in '62 and still in production :-o
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Posted 18 September 2016 - 12:21 AM

Oh...hadn't thought about the Chinook! Almost 60 years!

 

Interesting branches this thread is taking.

I see several here:

 

One- the aircraft longest in active military service with the same military that it began serving.

I have not seen anything yet to beat the B-52.

 

Two- The military aircraft that is the longest in continuous production...in service in any military...Antonov An-2?

 

Three- The oldest continuously serving military/commercial aircraft type that is still earning revenue? (not rare museum pieces flying at airshows- but a type in some sort of regular service).

 

Must be the DC-3, right?






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