You asked: What were the giant US bombers called in Vietnam?

Beginning on December 18, American B-52s and fighter-bombers dropped over 20,000 tons of bombs on the cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. The United States lost 15 of its giant B-52s and 11 other aircraft during the attacks. North Vietnam claimed that over 1,600 civilians were killed.

Has a B-52 ever been shot down?

The United States loses its first B-52 of the war. The eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam. The Communistss claimed 19 B-52s shot down to date.

Does the B-52 have guns?

The fact that B-52s once featured guns as a defensive armament is evidence of how long they have been in service. … 50-caliber machine guns, and H models employed a single M61 20 mm rotary cannon. The gunners who manned these weapons were enlisted personnel. They were the only enlisted airmen in a B-52 crew.

How many US pilots were killed in Vietnam?

Based on a database received from the Pentagon, the VHPA estimate that more than 40,000 helicopter pilots served in the Vietnam War. Killed in Hueys – 1,151 pilots and 1,231 non-pilot crew members.

How big is a b52?

B-52 Technical Specifications

Primary Function Heavy bomber
Wingspan 185 ft (56.4 m)
Length 159 ft, 4 in (48.5 m)
Height 40 ft, 8 in (12.4 m)
Weight Approximately 185,000 lbs (83,250 kg)
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