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# 42
01-30-2013, 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by doffingcomrade View Post
The B-52, man. First built in 1952, the thing is still flying and they intend to keep flying it all the way until the 2040s...and that's pretty much a tentative date: They don't actually have any concrete plan to replace it. It would not come as any surprise if by 2101, they're still using it.
They aren't testing new engines, computer systems, etc. on B-52's, though, which is the point I was refuting.

Operational lifetime is not the same thing was being a testbed for new technologies.