Home » Blog »Exercícios de Audio »Exercícios de Leitura »Inglês para Pilotos »Pilot_Posts » Currently Reading:

The Good Old B52: America’s Veteran Bomber

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Good Old B52: America’s Veteran Bomber

 

Despite more sophisticated aircrafts, the B52 jet powered strategic bomber has been in active service since 1955. While much of it is attributed to the USAF teams that have maintained the aircraft, the main reason has been superior performance at sub supersonic speeds and relatively low operating costs. The B52 is slated to be in active service until 2040, 85 years since its commissioning.

Even before the production of B-36 started, the requirement for a bomber with a larger operational radius and greater speed was issued. The B52 was primarily meant for deterrent missions during the cold war era and designed as a high-level nuclear bomber that could take on the Soviet Union. That however became difficult with the arrival of SAM missiles. That was when B52 took on the role of a low-level bomber.

This veteran of many wars took on the role of artillery and dropped huge loads of traditional munitions during the Vietnam War. Later updated equipment such as cruise and other guided missiles were added on. During the Persian Gulf War the B52 was involved in the longest bombing sortie in history. It is now being considered for taking on the role of a bomb-carrying electronic aircraft as part of active protection systems (countermeasures) to prevent sensor based weapons from acquiring and destroying a target.

Although the official name of the B52 is Stratofortress, in military circles it is commonly referred to as BUFF (acronym for Big Ugly Fat Fellow), a reflection of its huge size and ugly shape. The B52 may be unwieldy and a nightmare for maintenance staff, but it has stood in good stead and served the nation well.

Two excellent videos about the B52:

Video 1

Video 2

 

Questions and Answers

1) Until which year is the B52 expected to be in active service?

a) 2015

b) 2025

c) 2035

d) 2040

.

2) What is the reason for the long active service record of B52?

a) Strong structure

b) Superior performance

c) Better maintenance

d) Superior performance and low operating cost

3) What was the original purpose for which B52 was requested?

a) High-level nuclear bomber

b) Low-level bomber

c) Surveillance aircraft

d) Missile carrier

4) In which war dips the B52 make the world’s longest sortie?

a) World War II

b) Vietnam War

c) Persian Gulf War

d) Afghanistan bombings

.

5) What new role is the B52 being considered for?

a) Countermeasures aircraft

b) Surveillance aircraft

c) Personnel carrier

d) Light transport aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

1) D

2) D

3) A

4) C

5) A

[podcast]http://inglesaviacao.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/101012_001.mp3[/podcast]

www.globalaviationenglish.com

 

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

Connect to Us

Facebook Twitter Youtube Linkedin

Featured Posts

Announcement: Aviation English – Inglês para Aviação

Damon Freeman Aviation English

Welcome to Global Aviation English’s Blog. Here we will release up to date information about what is happening in the world of Aviation English. We will also share some of our videos, mini lessons, videos and tips for tests and interviews. We have FREE online courses for Pilots, Flight Attendants, Mechanics, …

Cabin crew procedures

bus

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Cabin crew procedures Aim Practice English skills in an aviation context Revise some typical procedures and test yourself on knowledge you not only need to know but may be tested on during interviews Have fun! The list of cabin crew procedures can be …

Santos Dumont, Pioneer Aviator

Santos Dumont

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Alberto Santos Dumont, Pioneer Aviator   Santos Dumont, born in 1873, grew up in a coffee plantation owned by his family but spent most of his adult life in Paris. He was so fascinated by machinery that even as a child he learned …

Airline vs. Executive Aviation

buswal

  TOPIC: Airline vs. executive aviation Listen to the audio GOAL: To compare airline flying versus working in executive aviation Level: Easy Exercise #1: Read about the differences between airline flying and executive aviation and then proceed to Exercise #2 The physical aspects of flying an airplane are fairly similar in …

Crew Resource Management (CRM)

English for Pilots

  [Audio clip: view full post to listen]TOPIC: Crew Resource Management (CRM) Exercise #1: Read about CRM and then proceed to Exercise #2 Crew Resource Management (CRM) training originated from a NASA workshop in 1979 that focused on improving air safety. The NASA research presented at this meeting found that …

Parts of an Aircraft

Parts of Plane

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] 1. Read about the various major parts of an airplane, then proceed to Step 2 Although there are many aircraft designs flying today, most of them share a common assembly of major parts that all pilots should be thoroughly aware of. Ever since …