The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, a Smithsonian affiliated, non-profit Museum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is restoring its B-52B Stratofortress, serial number 52-0013, one of only four B-models in the world on display for public viewing and the only B-52B left in existence that has dropped an atomic bomb – dropped during testing, the company said.
The Museum will launch an ambitious campaign through Indiegogo – a funding platform for creative projects, directly supported by individuals who pledge money – April 1 through May 1, 2016, to purchase the paint for the restoration of the Museum´s iconic B-52B Stratofortress.
This enormous restoration initiative is a special project within Operation Preservation, an ongoing campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History´s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park. To date, the Museum has successfully restored an F-16 Fighting Falcon and the USS James K Polk Submarine Sail in 2014 and the historic B-29 Superfortress in 2015.
The Museum´s iconic B-52B has experienced the ravages of the southwestern weather, and staff, volunteers and the board of Trustees are asking for support in paying for the surface preparation and painting of the exterior of the aircraft (a surface area of over 2/3 of an acre).
When the Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in 1963, Albuquerque´s B-52B, s/n 52-0013, was removed from the roster and was later delivered to the Museum, formerly known as the National Atomic Museum, in 1971.
Restoration of the B-52B Stratofortress is scheduled to begin in April of 2016 under the supervision of Major Jerry Hanks, Project Manager, with help from Museum staff and volunteers and will be funded by a multi-program effort to engage supporters and entities with personal ties to the Museum and the historic aircraft. Completion of this outdoor exhibit for visitor viewing will take place in the Fall of 2016.