The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 7, 1960 · Page 10
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 10

Freeport, Texas
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Wednesday, December 7, 1960
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MISSILE BOMBER IS 1. First step In birth of firstB52H— fuselage sections swing Into place In "Join" position as workmen wheel up scaffoldings to work on then}. As last B52G moves out into the night, first of B52Hs (foreground) moves in to take its place. The "G" has a plus-9,000 mile range, carries nuclear bombs plus two Hound Dog Missiles that can go more than 500 miles farther at supersonic l speed. The "H" will go faster, highe.r, farther—'and carry Sky- bolt missiles/ solid fuel ballistic missiles credited with al',000 mile range at 3,500 miles per hour. A t an airplane plant in Wichita, Kan., the general foreman in final assembly blew •a referee's whistle the other night. What followed was like a gigantic, slow-paced dance of 244-ton metal pachyderms. The last of the Boeing global jet bombers of the BS2G model rolled out of the towering hanger. The first of the new B52H models, faster, more deadly over a greater range, slipped sideways into its place, to get its finishing touches. Another B52H moved forward, and a third angled to where that one had been. And in the same synchronized 40 minutes, as men on foot and in towing tractors shoved and pulled the metal giants through their steps, other men in the tiny cabs of electric cranes shuttled under the roof beams high overhead, guiding major parts of a fourth B52H into the "join" spot where each new global missile bomber is born. Probably 10,000 firms in at least 42 states provided parts for the new bomber. The next dance—the date still unannounced for security reasons—will be the coming out party for the U. S. Air Force's first B52H. How the B52H is being readiedfor its debut is pictured here, step by step. 3. In 10 minutes from start, new bomber takes [ % shape as outboard wing assemblies are added. ;; 2. wing section, swung from electric cranes on overhead tracks, moves Into place. Workmen are ready to secure wing as it drops into place. 4, New bomber's wheels go Into place. It's almost ready to move into Its second position in the final assembly line 5. Huge turbofan engines are next, fitting In twin pods on wings after first line move. They spell greater speed and range for the new "H". 6. The tail "stinger" swings into place. This turret will have a 20mm, cannon that will blast 4,OQO shells per minute at any pursuing planes. thii WnV'1 HCTUM SHOW-AF

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