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B-52 conducts flyover of Great Falls (video)

Posted: 11/10/2017 16:50:00 -07:00 Updated:

On Friday at 1:00 p.m. a B-52 aircraft from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted a flyover at the University of Providence in Great Falls. 

The flyover was in honor of Veteran’s Day. 

Some reactions on the KRTV Facebook page:

  • Dick Britzman: Used to watch them taking off and landing at the old Glasgow Air Force Base- almost looked like their wings were flapping.. When they were coming at you (had to take off right over Hwy 24 N.) you questioned whether they would ever get airborne..
  • W.p. Stegmeier: this is going to be freaking awesome. Great plane and a real attention getter. A buddy and I were talking not long ago about when are we going to see a BUFF at the air show.
  • Carolyn Keightley Valacich: Amazing... They just seem to float off the ground and into the air.
  • Christopher Maranatha: Beating the drum for war because rich man cannot get along is not my idea as cause for celebration.

According to the U.S. Air Force, the B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions.

It is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters).

It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.

The U.S. Air Force website provides the following information:

For more than 40 years, B-52 Stratofortresses have been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States. The B-52 is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory. This includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles and joint direct attack munitions. Updated with modern technology the B-52 will be capable of delivering the full complement of joint developed weapons and will continue into the 21st century as an important element of our nation's defenses. Current engineering analyses show the B-52's life span to extend beyond the year 2040.

The B-52A first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. The first of 102 B-52H's was delivered to Strategic Air Command in May 1961. The H model can carry up to 20 air launched cruise missiles. In addition, it can carry the conventional cruise missile that was launched in several contingencies during the 1990s, starting with Operation Desert Storm and culminating with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Only the H model is still in the Air Force inventory and is assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, North, Dakota, and the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, which fall under Air Force Global Strike Command. The aircraft is also assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB.

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