NASA will be receiving a ``new'' drop aircraft at the beginning of 2003--a 1961-vintage Boeing B-52H bomber that is to supplement, then replace, the B-52B that has been a workhorse at Dryden Flight Research Center since 1959. The 1952-vintage B-52B, nicknamed ``Balls 8'' because of its 008 tail number, has increasingly become a maintenance headache because of unique systems that aren't on the U.S. Air Force's later-model B-52s, such as ancient engine fuel controls, and ...


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