RICHMOND (Covering Katy News) - Cheering students gathered in the parking lot of Hutchinson Elementary School in Richmond earlier this week as a B-52 bomber from Barksdale Air Force provided a fly-over. People as far away as Cinco Ranch have said they saw the bomber.
"Thank you to all veterans for your service and sacrifice from Hutchison Elementary," said a Facebook post from the school. "A special thanks to aircraft Commander Captain Lyons and the crew," the post also said.
The B-52 is a plane that has never become outdated since it was first introduced to the US military in 1955. Its manufactured by Boeing. Engineering studies suggest that the lifespan could extend beyond 2040.
Boeing delivered the last B-52 bomber in October 1962 so the fleet is aging but still in use. In all, 744 B-52s were built, and only the H model is still in the Air Force inventory today. It is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
It has an interesting look because its wings are longer than its body. The wingspan is 185 feet and the length of the aircraft is 159 feet.
It's not only used as an Air Force bomber. According to the U.S. Navy, the B-52 is used for mine laying operations and for ocean surveillance.
"In two hours, two B-52s can monitor 140,000 square miles (364,000 square kilometers) of ocean surface," said a U.S. Navy document.
As the B-52 flew over Hutchison Elementary on Wednesday, each of its eight engines left a streak in the sky as cheering students reacted with wonder on the ground.
Hutchison Elementary is located at 3202 Williams Way Boulevard in Richmond in southern Fort Bend County not far from the Southwest Freeway.
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