Boeing B-52

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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Boeing B-52F
Boeing B-52F
Type Bomber aircraft, Military aircraft
Configuration Retractable gear aircraft, High wing aircraft
Propulsion Jet aircraft, Eight-engine aircraft
Manufacturer Boeing
Author(s) Lee Elliott
--aircraft= B-52F
Status Beta
 Website The website for the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress developments.
 Repository The development repository of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
Download Download the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
License GPLv2+

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered, strategic bomber operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1955. It was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36. A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat.


Currently only one variant is modeled in FlightGear:

  • B-52F The aircraft was given J57-P-43W engines with a larger capacity water injection system and new alternators. The aircraft had a problem with fuel leaks, which were eventually solved by service modifications Blue Band, Hard Shell, and QuickClip.

Aircraft help

Key Function
Ctrl+z Crosswind (crab) steer right
Ctrl+\ Crosswind (crab) steer left
K Toggle trajectory markers on & off
U Update the drop-view location
  • Approach AoA 1.0 deg
  • Flaps have only two settings: extended or retracted
  • Flap cycle time 60 seconds
  • Air-to-Air Refueling is enabled.  Use "AI | Tanker Controls" menu to generate a KC-135 and give it a try
  • The 2D Main panel (Shift-P) is not realistic, but has standard instruments
  • The 2D Mini panel (Shift-S) has detailed text-based aircraft status instruments

AP Altitude Mode Controller

The altitude mode controller appears as a strip. The meaning of the different modes are:

  • AH = Altitude Hold
  • TF = Terrain Following
  • TO = Automatic Take-Off
  • IL = Automatic Instrument Landing (enabled if a runway localizer is tuned in NAV1)
  • MC = Mach Climb


  • If an AP Mode is grayed out it is not available
  • Set the Altitude hold and TF/AGL settings via the autopilot menu
  • Click on "AP Mode" to quickly turn off all A/P locks
  • See B-52F-readme.txt for details of autopilot and crosswind steering

Development status/Issues/Todo


  • flaps are animated, but the shape of the wing does not change when flaps are extended. This means we have 2 flaps. One that is animated and another one that is not animated
  • Steering (normal via rudder key/axis or crab mode) does not rotate the landing gear
  • turbines do not rotate
  • no aircraft light available
  • aircraft has no wheel well area for the landing gears
  • nozzle do not change shape when changing thrust
  • weapons bay door can't be opened

3d Cockpit:

  • 3d cockpit is not available


  • when you take off with full fuel load, you must retract your flaps or you will not be able to fly higher
  • attempting to fly near ceiling (45000 - 50000 ft) with too much fuel will be difficult (not really a bug)

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