Boeing B-52 Stratofortress | Museum of Flying

Santa Monica, CA – Media contact:  Daniel J. Ryan –

This Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 pm retired Air Force Captain Fred Wagner will present a program on the famous Boeing B-52 bomber.  The program will be presented in the Museum screening room on the mezzanine level of the Museum.

Captain Fred Wagner was fascinated with airplanes growing up in Pennsylvania where he saw Douglas DC-3’s flying for Pennsylvania Central Airlines.  He also learned of his own father navigating C-47’s (the military version of the DC-3) between islands in the South Pacific during World War II.  Captain Wagner graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1964 and flew T-37’s and T-38’s during flight training and went on to fly B-52’s as a crew member for 5 years.  He  then served as an Air Operations Staff Officer for 4 years, including 18 months at U-Tapao, Thailand. He was also involved with the test program for the AGM-86B and AGM-109 cruise missiles which were launched from B-52’s.

The program will cover the history of the aircraft which many believe will be the world’s first 100 year-old operational aircraft.  The presentation will cover the key design components, the operating systems, and the performance characteristics of the aircraft.

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