Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Once more with regard to the B-52H models being retrofitted consider the topic of re-engining what it is called.
"A re-engining of the B-52 fleet has been explored for many years, and previously focused on replacing the eight original low-bypass Pratt and Whitney TF33 turbofans with four much bigger turbofans . . . The USAF has now decided to replace the 17,000-pound-thrust TF33s with 'engines of a similar size, weight, and thrust.'”
COMMERCIALLY OBTAINABLE ENGINES OF MUCH MORE MODERN DESIGN!
"Rolls-Royce is proposing its BR725 turbofan rated at 17,000 pounds' maximum thrust, as found on the Gulfstream G650 business jet . . . A Rolls-Royce spokesman told AIN that if F130 engines were selected for the B-52, they would be assembled and tested in the US."
OFF TO WORK WE GO WITH BUSINESS JET ENGINES?
"A spokesman for GE Aviation told AIN [ainonline] that it would offer two re-engining options for the B-52: the CF34-10 which powers regional airliners and is rated at 18-20,000lbs, or the Passport engine rated at 18-20,000lbs and which was recently certified for the Bombardier Global 7000 business jet."
AGAIN, OFF TO WORK WE GO WITH BUSINESS JET ENGINES FOR THE B-52?
FOUR OR EIGHT? THAT IS THE QUESTION? MORE TO FOLLOW!