Photos: At Air Force Academy, a B-52 tells the story
A symbol of incredible might and a harbinger of deadly consequences, B-52s were America's long-range bombers for nearly 30 years. They could travel 6,000 miles without refueling and could carry 60,000 pounds of bombs.
Front view of Air Force Academy B-52
Anyone who enters the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., through its north gate is all but certain to drive past one of the most visible features of the school: an old B-52D bomber mounted on giant pedestals.
This is a view of the plane from directly in front of it.