Proven power for the B-52
Peace. Protection. Freedom. These essential pillars are what the B-52 has relentlessly guarded for the United States and our allies. For over 60 years, the iconic Stratofortress has been an active symbol of cover and security. Its capabilities have evolved with the mission, from a constant presence in the skies during Cold War-era deterrence, to conventional warfare, to modern-day precision strike, persistence is its profile. This steadfastness shows by the decades of weather on its wings and its unwavering hold in our pride of legacy and determination. And its mission continues. Just as it has adapted to new missions, munitions, and theaters, it must again respond as threats are broader and more varied than ever before.
This powerhouse will take on whatever is needed to defend democracy and deter enemies. To do this going forward requires its first re-engining, a task as critical as the aircraft itself. With the B-52 entering its next season of sustainment, GE is honored to offer two options to support the U.S. Air Force in its role to maintain U.S. global influence and international order. The lifeline of this sacred aircraft are the engines that power it. The mainstay of our strategic nuclear fleet demands rugged, reliable, and commercially-proven equipment to continue to operate from a position of enduring strength for the foreseeable future.
GE is the only company to have been involved in re-engining U.S. Air Force aircraft three times over. Add in our deep experience powering seven strategic bombers, entrenched support of air combat, and the reverence we have for the role we play in protecting this country; and GE is the clear partner to ensure the B-52 is ready at all times for mission critical.
Most seasoned in re-engining
Most experience with bombers
Most proven through commercial success
A range of missions
Born as a scaled and improved version of the venerable CFM56 engine, the CF34-10 family is a proven workhorse of commercial aviation.
- At eight flights per day, it tackles the toughest duty in commercial aviation with 1/3 more cycles per day than narrow bodies
- 2.5 million flights/cycles in last 12 months alone
- Fully mature with over 28 million flight hours
- 99.97% proven dispatch reliability
- Averaging 16,000 cycles to its first overhaul, this engine will likely not see off-wing scheduled maintenance for the life of the B-52
GE's Passport is our most advanced 18,000 lb. thrust class engine powering the longest range business jets in the world
Evolved from advanced and proven commercial engines technology that perform with 99.96% dispatch reliability.
- Lowest fuel burn of any engine in its thrust class, 30% better than the B-52’s current engine
- Durable design heritage indicates 14,000 hours time-on-wing
- Lowest emissions in its class
- Designed for endurance, recently powering the longest non-stop business jet flight in history (8,152 nm)