Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
@ USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Posted proudly at the U.S. Air Force Academy grounds, this B-52D, “Diamond Lil”, has the distinction of being the final of two B-52’s to have shot down an enemy aircraft with her own guns. This would be the last confirmed kill by a bomber’s tail gunner in wartime using machine guns. The B-52 first flew in 1952, has been in service since 1955 and is expected to serve into the 2040’s. Nikon D500 w/18-200mm, processing with Aperture and Panorama Stitcher (six image stitch, 38MP).