I was reading an aviation magazine that someone graciously sent to me and there was an article in it about the problems of maintaining America's aging B-52 bomber fleet. It talked about airframe, engine and electronic issues and how many of the planes were older than the crews working on them.
The article was written in 1977, THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO.
The last B-52 rolled off of the Boeing assembly line in 1962 and many of those B-52s are still flying today.
And with upgrade and overhaul programs, the Air Force plans to keep flying them into 2040 and even beyond.
Think about that, will you? By 2040, the youngest airframe left would be 78 years old, with many over 80. That's like upgrading the B-17s from World War Two and using them to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and other hotspots today, and still not having a replacement in mind.