This documentary investigates the secret life of one of the most sophisticated and enduring instruments of death ever invented.
With a wingspan the width of a football field, a weight of 225 tons, and a nonstop range of over 8,300 miles, this icon of the Cold War period remains unmatched in its cargo capability, diversity of weapon deployment, and range of operation.
Since its inception as a nuclear cargo plane in the 1950s and its use in Vietnam, the B-52 continues to be relevant in the 21st century.
German filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky's absorbing documentary focuses as much on its unknown histories as on its reported activities, ranging from undisclosed accidents leaving radioactive materials in North Carolina, Spain, and Greenland, to the fate of decommissioned planes sent to an Arizona scrap heap where they're cannibalized for civilian (and even artistic) uses. (108 mins.)
Admission$5 students (tickets required)
Support for the 2001-02 film/video season is provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.
Documentaries presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.