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TOP 10 LARGEST MILITARY AIRPLANES - BOEING B-52 STRATOFORTRESS - #5

In Stanley Kubrick’s classic black comedy Dr. Strangelove, B-52 commander Major T.J. Kong muses that his crew must “have some pretty strong feelings about nuclear combat.” Interestingly, B-52 patrols were actually used by the US to prevent “mutually assured destruction,” in this case referring to the military powers on both sides of the Cold War wiping each other out with their nuclear arsenals. The plane’s brutally ugly aesthetics seem to reflect its mission profile perfectly.

First flown in 1952, this Cold War aircraft measures a staggering 159 feet in length. The Stratofortress can also carry massive quantities of arms – from nuclear weapons to anti-ship missiles – and its days aren’t over yet.

The B-52 has been one of the US military’s tools for “spreading democracy” for over 60 years. And the plane's rugged design, good performance and low operating costs have ensured that it continues to see service today.
 

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