GE is B-52 ready
for the world’s most critical mission
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 theaters, munitions, and missions, 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 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 six 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.
A range of missions
GE’s most reliable engine operating day in and day out under the harshest duty of the commercial world—regional aviation.
Born as a scaled and improved version of the legendary *CFM56 engine, the CF34-10 family is a proven stalwart of commercial aviation.
- At eight flights per day, it tackles the toughest duty in commercial aviation with 1/3 more cycles per day than narrowbodies
- 2.5 million flights in last 12 months alone
- Fully mature with 31+ million (CF34-10) flight hours and 159+ million CF34 family 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
|Maximum takeoff thrust||20,360 lbs|
|Maximum overall pressure ratio||29:1|
|Fan diameter||53 in|
|Length||88.7 in (engine base)|
|Noise||Chapter 4 Meets or surpasses|
|Emissions||CAEP/6 Meets or surpasses|
|Specific fuel consumption||35K/0.80 Mn max cruise .640|
|Control system||Dual-channel FADEC|
Our most advanced 18,000 lb thrust class engine, raising the bar for engine performance.
Evolved from GE’s most advanced commercial engines and technologies 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)
- FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) redundancy guards against combat mission disruption
|Maximum takeoff thrust||18,900 lbs|
|Maximum overall pressure ratio||51:1|
|Fan diameter||52 in|
|Length||102.7 in (engine base)|
|Noise||Chapter 4 Meets or surpasses|
|Emissions||CAEP/8 Meets or surpasses|
|Specific fuel consumption||47K/0.85 Mn max cruise .615|
|Control system||Distributed FADEC|
Most seasoned in re-engining
KC-135RJ57/TF33 to CFM56
A force multiplier for refueling
Four hundred fifty KC-135R aircraft have benefited from CFM56* (F108) engines, which increase thrust by 100%, enable a 50% increase in fuel offload, improve fuel efficiency by 25%, and reduce takeoff noise levels from 126 to only 99 decibels.
C-5MTF39 to CF6-80C2
Redefining global mobility
The C-5M Super Galaxy capitalizes on GE's CF6-80C2 (F138) engines, which add 22% more thrust, deliver a tenfold improvement in reliability, enhance fuel efficiency, and meet Stage 4 noise standards. With GE engines installed, the C-5M’s performance has been record-breaking with 89 certified world records awarded.
U-2SJ75 to F118
Elevating reconnaissance to new heights
With the installation of GE's F118-101 engines, the U-2S features increased payload capability and higher takeoff thrust, improved fuel efficiency and range, and significantly extended engine time-on-wing.
Most experienced with bombers
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses.
|Powerplant||F118-GE-100 non-afterburning turbofan|
Boeing (Rockwell) B-1 Lancer
Supersonic variable-swept wing, heavy bomber.
|Powerplant||F101-GE-102 afterburning turbofan|
Convair B-58 Hustler
High-altitude supersonic strategic bomber. First Mach 2 capable bomber.
|Powerplant||J79-GE-5A afterburning turbojet|
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Long-range, high altitude, subsonic strategic bomber. First swept wing USAF bomber.
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
First USAF bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Also capable of intercontinental flight without refueling.
R-4360 Wasp Major
North American B-45 Tornado
First operational jet bomber to enter service with the USAF.
* CFM is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines