How Much is that B-52 in the Window?


Looking for that unique early Christmas present for the man who has everything? How about buying a B-52 bomber for $500 million? Sound strange? A wealthy Russian man tried to do just that from a group of American pilots at an air show in Russia. Let’s just hope the $500 million does not also include a full pay load of bombs as well.


The B-52 long-range, heavy bomber of the US Air Force is on display at the 8th International Aviation & Space Salon MAKS 2007 in Zhukovsky town.  (ITAR-TASS/Landov)

The unidentified Russian, wearing sunglasses and surrounded by bodyguards, approached the U.S. delegation and asked to buy the bomber, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said.

An astounded member of the U.S. delegation said the bomber was not for sale but that it would cost at least $500 million if it were to be sold on the spot. (Reuters)

Posted August 26, 2007 by
Bizarre, Military | 3 comments

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    3 Responses to “How Much is that B-52 in the Window?”

    1. houston on August 26th, 2007 7:20 am

      B52, USAF put its first one in service over 50 years ago and it has served well. Russians have never been able to duplicate it, not even close. This plane and all the planes that we have ever flown are on display at the Air Force museum in Ohio….Also all the Air Force Ones….they date from over 60 years ago. But of all the planes the B52 has had the biggest impact on the world as any plane in the last 50 years.

    2. Dugga on August 26th, 2007 1:14 pm

      The B-52 bomber is a pretty impressive piece of enginnering. Like houston just mentioned, having been in service for over 50 years is an amazing feat.

      I can’t blame the guy for wanting one. If I had more money than sense, it would sure be cool to have one of those and pimp it out Elvis-style.

      Maybe he can keep an eye out for a nice one on ebay!

    3. Joanie on August 26th, 2007 2:50 pm

      I live very close to Nellis AFB here in Las Vegas. Every Veterans Day weekend, they put on an airshow. It makes for a noisy weekend, but to us; its the sound of FREEDOM in the air, and I have never heard anyone complain.
      I had a chance to walk under a B-52 and go inside one. HUGE – is an understatement.
      In the back of this aircraft, I spotted a little plaque. On it stated; FLY THE AIRCRAFT YOUR GRANDFATHER FLEW – B52!!!!! Amazing craftsmanship that this old bucket is still flying!

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