I liked the Dec. 7, page 12A story on the B-52. The B-52 and all of the modern airliners go back to the B-47. Boeing designed and built the B-47, B-52, 707, KC-135 and a long line of airliners that followed the 707. Lockheed’s Skunk Works produced the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the greatest airplanes ever built and other outstanding airplanes. It was stated in the article that “... attempts to build a better intercontinental bomber ... have consistently failed.” The $283 million B-1B Lancer (Rockwell) and $2 billion B-2 Spirit (Northrop) were mentioned.
It seems to me that the talent, expertise and creativity exist in this country’s aircraft industry to build a suitable replacement for the B-52. One problem in building a fighter is the effort to build one fighter for all the branches. It’ll be an airplane that nobody wants (F-111 and F-35). But this will be a bomber for the Air Force only. If the Air Force knows what it wants, the industry should be able to build it.
George Vickers, Payette