From the Heritage Foundation, this interesting graphic on the age of America’s geriatric warplanes, including the presidents, No. 1 songs and most popular TV shows when they were rolled out.
Heritage, a conservative think tank, advocates a bigger defense budget – including new planes.)
It’s remarkable that Boeing’s B-52 – a lumbering dinosaur created in the early 1950s – remains in service.
The current political battle over whether Airbus or Boeing gets to build the new aerial refuelers was set in motion by the antiquity of Air Force’s existing tankers. The KC-135, built in Renton, was introduced in 1956.
It’s commonly noted that some of these antiques are older than than their crews. Some are probably are older than their younger crewmembers’ parents.