Barksdale AFB B-52, Crew to Make History at Air Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
One of our Buffs is making its mark in the history books.
The air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is arguably one of the largest in the world. EAA AirVenture Week is taking place next week. This year it will be even bigger... literally. This year a great big Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber will be on display.
Similar bombers have done fly-bys at the show, but this is the first year the Buff will be on display as the prime attraction for the week. It is en route today from Barksdale to Wisconsin. The massive bomber is the first to land and be placed at the show so that other aircraft can be placed around it. It will also be the last aircraft to leave the runway.
The aircraft is so massive and heavy that it will not be able to taxi on the runway. The buff will have to stop after landing and have it's fuel removed before it is towed to its display location. At the end of the week, it will have to be towed back to the runway and re-fueled before it can take off.
The B-52 hails from the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale and features a local crew. Some from the 343d Reserve Squadron (shout out to my peeps).
There is already some buzz about the Buff being in Oshkosh. In talking to some members of the 343d, I was told that one man, who worked on the massive bird early in his military career, is already making plans to see it in person. Did I mention this man hasn't left his home in years?
Yeah, it's that big of a deal.
The B-52 is celebrating is 60th year of military action this year. It truly is the backbone of our Air Force.
How cool is it that Barksdale gets to be a part of yet another great moment in history?