by Staff writer @ B-52 turns 60, but has lots of life left - Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World - Military Times The B-52 is celebrating a big birthday this year 60 but unlike humans who feel the aches and pains of aging, the aircraft remains a premiere bombing machine that is expected to continue giving bad guys a real bad day through the 2040s, thanks to yet another upgrade. http://www.militarytimes.com/xml/ne...ots-life-left-102112w/102912af_b52_01_800.JPG Full story at above link. I grew up outside of Riverside, CA and remember well the very first B-52s arriving there. What beautiful aircraft. I wrote about them in Vietnam in my Amazon.com short story, Mekong Ambush.