B-52 launched by powder starters: video
The American strategic bomber Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has been in service with the U.S. Air Force since 1955, replacing the B-36. At subsonic speeds and altitudes of up to 15 kilometers, it is capable of carrying various types of weapons, including nuclear. It is no secret that the B-52 was developed in order to deliver two thermonuclear bombs of high power to anywhere in the USSR. Modification of the B-52G is the absolute record holder for the flight range among military aircraft. It is also one of the few military aircraft that have been in service continuously for more than half a century. The use of gunpowder starters can reduce the launch time of a bomber from an hour to 10 minutes, eliminating the need for ground equipment, while the other six engines started before takeoff, when the aircraft had already reached the end of the runway.