Posted October 02, 2018 12:23:14 The B-51s that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 were not supposed to be used again, until the Japanese government decided to replace the older B-2s with the new B-61B.
The new aircraft, codenamed “Mallinckroder,” was supposed to make use of the new engines, but instead, the Japanese Government decided to destroy them.
In a bid to save the lives of the men who lost their lives in the attack, the government decided that the aircraft would be given the nickname “Million Dollar Mallinckrotter.”
The original plan was to take the B61Bs to Japan and install them in civilian aircraft carriers, but in 1942, the aircraft were to be returned to their original configuration and flown back to the United States.
In 1947, the U.S. government began transferring the B62Bs, which were originally designed for the B52 bombers, to the Air Force as the B1 bombers, in order to replace their older B51 bombers.
The B1 bomber was intended to replace its B52B predecessor, the B5, but the B51B-2 was deemed to be inferior to the B41B-1, and the B50B-3, and was rejected.
The original B51 was considered a failure, and by the end of World War II, the only B-1 in service was the F-4 Phantom.
The last B-41 was retired in 1957.
The first B-62B was retired at the end the Cold War in 1980.
In recent years, some of the Busses were purchased and returned to service by the United Kingdom.
However, they have not been used since the B53A-2 attack on the U-2 over Russia in October 2000.
After the war, the United Nations Space Command acquired the B63B-7, which was designed to replace some of its older B52Bs.
The British Air Ministry recently purchased two B61B-9s for use by the Royal Air Force in the future.
The US Army’s F-16 fleet, which has been using the B65B-8 for some time, purchased a B61BM-4 to replace two of its B-53 bombers.
There is still the possibility of bringing B61BS-3s back to service in the Ural Army.
The Soviet Union had three B-50B bombers, but were retired in 1973 and then later bought back.
In 1991, the Russian Air Force purchased a number of B-59 bombers for use in the air defense of Moscow.
In 1997, the Soviet Union ordered two more B-49s for future use by NATO.
The American Air Force retired all of its old B-29 bombers in 1976.
In the 1960s, the Air Defense Command had a small fleet of B61Ms, which have been used in various air defense roles over the decades.
In 1998, the USAF retired the B57A-4, but a number are still in service today.
In 2008, the Russians sold two B57s to the Russian government.
The U.K. bought the B59-6B from the Soviet Air Force for the purpose of replacing its B61-3 bombers.
In 2001, the American Air Forces B-47 bombers, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force were all retired.
The Royal Australian Navy’s B-15 fleet, also known as the Royal Australian Light Bomber Command, was the only bomber fleet that did not retire.
In 2018, the Ministry of Defence of the United Arab Emirates purchased a batch of B59Bs for the United Air Force.
In 2019, the Republic of Korea ordered two B58s for the Air Ministry’s Air Force and the United National Air Force’s Air Defense Force.
The United Kingdom has acquired the remaining B-56Bs for use with the Royal Malaysian Air Force under a contract signed with the Ministry.
The Republic of the Congo purchased two new B56Bs in 2018 for the UMAF’s Air Group.
The UK’s Royal Air Forces purchased the remaining six B57Bs from the United Korean Air Force to replace four B-46s.
The Dutch Air Force has bought a total of nine B-57B-6Bs from several nations since the 1960 and 1960s.
Some B-58B-4s are still being used by the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In 2012, the French Air Force bought four B57B jets from Iran.
The Czech Republic purchased four B61 aircraft from Iran in 2006.
In 2013, the UAE purchased two more of the planes for use against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In 2020, the Czech Republic ordered two new aircraft from Israel, one B61 and one B51.
In 2021, the Netherlands purchased two additional aircraft from China