B-52 Stratofortress

B-52 Stratofortress

B-52 Stratofortress  The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, nicknamed BUFF, has been in operational service since 1955 (across several models) and could be in service beyond 2040.  It provides the United States with a nuclear and conventional global strike capability.  Boeing built 744 B-52s between 1952 and 1962 with over 70 still in service.  It’s capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons with a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling.  This image was captured at the Oshkosh air show last week. 

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber  This B-2, named the Spirit of Arizona, did several flybys at Oshkosh on Saturday during the air show.  The B-2 is very stealthy which enables it to penetrate sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses. To evade detection systems, it has reduced acoustic, visual, infrared, and radar signatures.  Even at the air show, it was hard to see even a few miles away.  It’s very quiet when flying inbound and really very little noise while flying away.   The B-2 can carry 40,000 lb of ordnance; both conventional and nuclear.  With a range of over 6000 nautical miles and the ability for mid-air refueling, it can be quickly deployed anywhere on the planet and with only a crew of two.  

A-10 Warthog

A-10 Warthog

A-10 Warthog  The mean machine; the A-10 arrived at Oshkosh. The A-10 Warthog is primarily a low-altitude, close air support aircraft best known for its nose mounted 30mm gatling gun designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds.  Its single-seat cockpit forward of the wings with a large bubble canopy provides the pilot with all-around vision.  The pilot and part of the flight-control system are protected by titanium armor while manual systems back up their hydraulic flight-control systems.  The self-sealing fuel tanks also have internal and external foam protection.

Proteus

Proteus

Proteus  Oshkosh attracts many types of aircraft not seen at your local airport.  Meet Proteus, a Scaled Composite’s, tandem-wing, twin-engine aircraft designed by famed aircraft designer Burt Rutan.  It’s named after the Greek mythological god Proteus because it can be reconfigured to carry out a variety of missions requiring high-altitude, long-duration flights.