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Nuclear Alert by zulumike Nuclear Alert by zulumike
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range jet-powered subsonic stategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who have continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the USAF since the 1950's. The bomber carries up to 70,000 pounds of weapons.

Throughtout the Cold War, B-52's performed airborne alert patrols under code names such as "Head Star", "Chrome Dome", "Round Robin" and "Giant Lance". Bombers loitered at high altitude near points outside the Soviet Union to provide rapid strike or retaliationcapabilities in case of nuclear war. This was part of the role of deterent to the Soviet Union via the concept of "Mutual Assured Destruction". The B-52's have been upgraded and will continue to serve into the 2040's

This is dedicated to a friend and co-worker who was a pilot of B-52's in the early 70's.

My composition is denoting Operation Chrome Dome in March, 1960, southern Spain / Italy area.

AC is a download from SimV for FSX and BG from mayyang.com.

Cheers, Mike
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The BUFF may end up being the first plane to see 100 years of service for some examples. 60 years so far which in itself has to be a record.
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zulumike Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it has been upgraded and will be in the U.S. Arsenal till 2040.

Boeing got it right the design of great aircraft. The 747 is based on this design. Cheers.
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SARGY001 Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is really great, well done. must paint out my apache as this given me inspiration
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zulumike Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you liked it. I was going for the soft and subdue colors to reflect a moody atmosphere. Blending the BG colors with AC are important.

I liked this sky BG colors so much, I am doing an Avro Landcaster with this sky BG.

I look forward to your apache, good model, it always looks mean and intimidating.

Cheers, Mike
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SARGY001 Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Look forward to the Lanc painting, the sky you've painted captures the mood perfectly.

Put on my watch list

Regards
Sargy
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zulumike Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had two co-workers who flew BUFF's ( "Big Ugly Fat F*****") as they called them.

You can't appreciate this awesome AC until you are standing under one or watching one take off at full throttle and smelling that jet fuel linger in the cold air.

Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The russian counter measure to our B-52 air triad defense/offense is the TU-95 "Bear" Both aircrafts have been upgraded 2040's.

The counter-rotating Kunesov engines of the "Bear" can produce 12,000 hp each. These engines were being developed by the Germans during WW II, the russians got to the engineers first.

I hope no one pushes the buttons. I live through the Cuban Crisis, very tense, Kennedy backed down Khrushsev.
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CarrieMoore Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Tu-95 "Bear-B" is one of the fastest turboprop aircraft ever built.
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zulumike Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In 1975 the figure for range changed to 7,800 miles and currently it is believed to be 9,200 miles with 25,000 lb load. Level speed was admitted to be 570 mph (Mach 0.82) at 25,000 ft and 520 mph (Mach 0.785) at 41,000 ft. Cruising speed of Tu-95 is 442 mph (Mach 0.67). Later versions with more powerful engines have higher performance.

It is a remarkable plane.

Cheers, Mike
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KevinContrerasArt Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Badass!
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