The Immortal Buff: Replacing The B-52
Few airplanes have outlived as many proposed replacements as the Boeing B-52. Designed to combine jet speed with intercontinental range, the B-52 was not only important in itself but accelerated the development of commercial jet aircraft—its aerodynamic and propulsion technology, and the need for a large jet tanker to support it, led to the Boeing 367-80, the prototype for the modern airliner.
As Aviation Week & Space Technology approaches its centennial in 2016, our senior editors cast their eyes back to iconic developments that have changed the shape of the industry – and to the future to predict the paths they might follow. In the first of a special series, we explore the art of deception: stealth.