B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the Present

Published: February 17th, 2019     
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Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: 
Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
ISBN #: 978-0-7643-5587-5
Other Publication Information: 9″ x 9″ | 193 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
Price: $19.99

The LEGENDS OF WARFARE series of books are very nice. They are 9" by 9" hardback books that cover aircraft, armored vehicles and ships in 112 pages filled mainly with good sized photos.

While the B-52 was named the Stratofortress pretty much everyone calls it the BUFF or Big Ugly Fat Fellow (cough). Ok, maybe that last F stands for something else but this is going on a family friendly website.

This book follows the normal Legends format with an introductory chapter followed by a chapter on each version. They are the XB-52. YB-52, B-52A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. A couple of the A models and a B model were modified and used by NASA to drop different projects with the most famous probably being the X-15. While developed for the Cold War the B-52 thankfully never dropped an atomic bomb in anger. Instead it was used to drop iron bombs during the Vietnam War and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each chapter has a quick one page of info and the rest of the chapter is filled with pictures showing the differences between the versions, detail pics and its use in combat. As usual the pictures include good descriptions. There are 193 photos in this book with most of them in color.

Once again David does a great job telling the story of this famous plane.

Thanks to David Doyle and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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