Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at air show
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A wealthy Russian tried to buy a U.S. B-52 bomber from a group of shocked American pilots at an ...
August 26th, 2007 12:12 AM
August 26th, 2007 12:12 AM
August 26th, 2007 08:47 AM
I would guess "If you can afford the price you can afford the fuel" and the bomb load?
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August 26th, 2007 02:49 PM
Yeah, but, I'd rather get an F-4 or a F-15. Sorta like a mustang vs
Originally Posted by Old Chief
a 18 wheeler.
August 26th, 2007 03:13 PM
It all depends on what the rich Russian was going to use it for.
Originally Posted by nn
Alot of Russian mobsters made thier money by smuggling Heroin from the M.E. to eriope.
This is just speculation, but maybe he was going to use that bomber to smuggle drugs?
You could carry a lot of drugs in a B-52 bomber!
Hell, you could even air drop it into the ghettos across the world!
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August 26th, 2007 03:23 PM
August 26th, 2007 05:41 PM
The last B-52 was built in 1962 and the Air Force plans on keeping them in service until 2040. Wow.
August 26th, 2007 06:09 PM
Just goes to show you, when you find something that works, leave it alone. I am actually glad they haven't made anymore, the engineers would have screwed up a perfectly good design by trying to "modernize" it.
Originally Posted by stanislaskasava
"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in ... And how many want out." British Prime Minister Tony Blair
August 26th, 2007 06:40 PM
Reminds me how cluelessly rich some (or is that some rich) people are...but it does make a humorous sound bite.
August 26th, 2007 06:49 PM
I'd be willing to bet that every cubic foot of exhaust in that photo is costing $100 or more.
If my googling came up with the right figures, then the cost approximates: $500M for the plane; 350K lbs of fuel (6.84 lbs/gal) @ $4.50/gal = $230K per load; and 60K lbs of MK84 2000-lb bombs @ $3500 ea = $105K per load. Add in crews, servicing over time, the cost of hangars, the cost of spare parts, the cost of runways large enought to handle it, and it wouldn't surprise me the cost could be north of $20-30M/yr to maintain, if flown quite a bit and yet maintained with a planned ~50yr service life. (~750 in service over the Vietnam War years, but unknown how many used in-theater, heavily used. That would be a big number, the cost of flying' those babies for ~5yrs of active runs.)
Meh. Just another oil field, to the nouveau riche.
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