- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque is planning a makeover for the first plane to drop a hydrogen bomb.

Time and weather have taken a toll on the B-52B Stratofortress. In its Cold War heyday, the plane test-dropped more than a dozen nuclear weapons.

Museum restoration coordinator Jerry Hanks says the aircraft needs a complete restoration on the outside, body work and a total paint job. That adds up — the authorized paint runs $460 a gallon and the primer is $300 a gallon.

The paint is expected to last for at least 20 years.

The museum has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $60,000, about half the estimated cost of the project. The work is expected to be complete by late summer or early fall.


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