Original U.S. Vietnam War Boeing B-52 Stratofortress DCU-9/A Control Monitor Grouping - 2 Items

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Original Items: Only One Group of 2 Available. This is a wonderful pair of identical Control Monitors manufactured by Rock Island Arsenal. The DCU-9/A controls and monitors the forward bomb bay and is used on all “test vehicles”. The DCU-9/A contains a Rotary Selector Switch and has the positions SAFE, GND, AIR and OFF, a Control Arm having the positions OS and SGA, a Warning Light, a Test Light, a Test Switch, a Dim COntrol and a Holding Relay. The DCU-9/A was located at the navigator’s station in the aircraft. In the B-52B and D aircraft used in these tests, the DCU-9/A is located at the weaponeer’s station because of test mission requirements. The DCU-9/A and its associated circuits are not affected by the special instrumentation installed in the aircraft for test drops.

Both items are in wonderful condition though one of the two has some cracking in the face, as seen in the photos. They both retain clear markings with full data plates with the only difference being the serial numbers.

The data plates read as follows:

ASSEMBLY DWG. NO. 59 D 46260
CONT. NO. MIPR-41-608-0-N0CM-5516
STOCK NO. N0CM 1190-754-7275

A wonderful pair of Vietnam War dated pieces of equipment from an iconic aircraft! Comes more than ready for further research and display.

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of around 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.

Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War–era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. The B-52's official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally, the aircraft has become commonly referred to as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F**ker/Fella).

The B-52 has been in service with the USAF since 1955. As of June 2019, there are 76 aircraft in inventory; 58 operated by active forces (2nd Bomb Wing and 5th Bomb Wing), 18 by reserve forces (307th Bomb Wing), and about 12 in long-term storage at the Davis-Monthan AFB Boneyard. The bombers flew under the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was disestablished in 1992 and its aircraft absorbed into the Air Combat Command (ACC); in 2010, all B-52 Stratofortresses were transferred from the ACC to the new Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept them in service despite the advent of later, more advanced strategic bombers, including the Mach 2+ Convair B-58 Hustler, the canceled Mach 3 North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the variable-geometry Rockwell B-1 Lancer, and the stealth Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. The B-52 completed 60 years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, the last airplanes are expected to serve into the 2050s.

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