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B-52 landing. A Boeing B-52 'Stratofortress' bomber of the US Air Force lands in Moscow. It trails a large parachute used to slow it down after touchdown. The B-52 was introduced in 1955 as a strategic bomber carrying nuclear or conventional bombs. It is one of the icons of the Vietnam War, having been the aircraft used for indiscriminate 'carpet' bombing of North Vietnam. It can carry up to 31.5 tonnes of ordnance with an unrefuelled range of up to 16,000 km. The last aircraft were built in 1962, but various upgrades mean that they will stay in service until at least the 2040s. Photographed at the 2011 MAKS airshow.
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