The B-52G made its first flight on 31 August 1958
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A total of 193 were built, the largest number of any model of the B-52.
G MODEL MAJOR MODERNIZATIONS INCORPORATED
the “wet wing,” eliminating fuel bladders in favor of a sealed wing structure and adding more than 10,000 gallons of internal fuel
an eight-foot shorter vertical tail, and
moving the gunner from his separate pressurized tail compartment to the forward crew area, with radar and closed circuit TV operation of his guns.
Ailerons were eliminated and lateral control provided by wing spoilers
The large external wing tanks of earlier models were replaced by smaller, 700 gallon versions
A wide variety of internal changes were also made from new hydraulic and fuel management controls to enhanced crew comfort for long flights
The G-model was designed to be a missile platform as well as a gravity bomb carrier with the new GAM-77 (later AGM-28) Hound Dog as its intended standoff weapon and the GAM- 72 (ADM-20) Quail decoy missile to improve its defense penetration capability.