It’s been almost 29 years since a B-52 Stratofortress has landed within the nice state of Maine; the final time being within the Fall of 1993 at Loring Air Power Base in Limestone, Maine. On the time of it’s closure, Loring AFB was house to the forty second Bomb Wing, most notable for the dynamic duo consisting of the B-52 and KC-135 tanker; an crucial pair for homeland protection and offering excessive strategic worth throughout peacetime and wartime, most notable of which was throughout the Chilly Battle. Loring Air Power Base had a huge effect on the local people, hanging a way of patriotism within the coronary heart of Aroostook county; eternally embedded in its core, and within the early afternoon of August eleventh, 2022, historical past would as soon as once more be made on the former Strategic Air Command Superbase.

Pleasure and anticipation have been among the many many feelings as a crowd of civilians, veterans, and repair members stood frantically searching the County skies searching for the lengthy awaited Stratofortress to return house after 29 years; a website I can solely evaluate to a sense we’ve all been aware of as children trying to find Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. And for these of us fortunate sufficient to be on the roof of the previous Loring AFB management tower, it actually appeared as if Santa was anticipated in Maine’s Northern skies at any second. The gang had a 360 diploma view of the airfield, its large hangars, and what was left of the tons of of buildings that housed over ten thousand airmen and their households; really a shell of its former self from 30 years in the past.


The Loring Air Power Base welcomes homethe B-52 Stratofortress July eleventh, 2022, Limestone, Me. (Photograph by Grasp Sgt. Andrew Sinclair/one hundred and first Air Refueling Wing/Public Affairs)

Matt Cole is the Loring Air Museum Vice President, and has fought tooth and nail to get the legendary bomber as much as Maine. “Getting the plane right here and the flybys coordinated has been about eleven months within the making. Numerous planning went into this, actually the final 3 weeks has been emails, cellphone calls, textual content messages, all day and all night time. Loring is a staple right here, we wish to honor its historical past by bringing this chicken in. It’s a breath of recent air seeing you guys right here in uniform, in a means it honors all of the Airmen that have been right here earlier than,” Matt mentioned with a smile on his face, most likely on his fifth cup of espresso. Matt and his teammates have labored exhausting over time to protect the legacy that’s Loring Air Power Base.

When the B-52 “BUFF” appeared over the horizon, in flight from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, the onlookers have been amazed and shocked in pleasure that they have been about to witness its touchdown; a job the locals and Loring Air Museum management have been making an attempt to perform for a really very long time. The Barksdale B-52 did two flybys earlier than lastly touchdown on the long-lasting 12,100ft runway, inflicting sufficient applause and exclamation to drown out the sound of the aircraft’s eight jet engines because the craft slowed to a stroll, assisted by a 90 foot lengthy, 200 pound drag chute that deployed when it landed. On Friday Minot AFB despatched one other B-52 to Loring for an extra flyby, drawing one other large crowd because it flew over with thunderous airpower.

The Loring Air Force Base was one of the largest bases of the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command during its existence and was home to the B-52 Stratofortress.
The Loring Air Power Base was one of many largest bases of the U.S. Air Power’s Strategic Air Command throughout its existence and was house to the B-52 Stratofortress. (Photograph by Grasp Sgt. Andrew Sinclair/one hundred and first Air Refueling Wing/Public Affairs)

Although the B-52 was the principle course, the weekend was stuffed with occasions and points of interest, uniting of us from all around the nation to witness the legendary craft again at Loring AFB. Cuppy Johndro is the Secretary of the Loring Air Museum and an area legend at that. The weekend was crammed with blended feelings, some even saying that seeing that B-52 not far away whereas taxiing was a “dream come true”. For the crew and occasion individuals, having the Air Power again at Loring was really a complete different stage of pleasure. As thrilling because it was to have the Air Power again, it was as equally as humbling for the service members in uniform to be a part of an iconic piece of Maine historical past.

Maine has a wealthy and deep Air Power Historical past with each Loring AFB and Dow AFB, together with the varied stations and outposts scattered across the state. And although the sight of a B-52 flying excessive in our skies may be very uncommon, it’s sister craft might be seen every day. The one hundred and first Air Refueling Wing is house to the MAINEiacs and a World Class Group within the Division of Protection by means of its Aerial Refueling status and excellence. The MAINEiacs put on the uniform proudly, and are completely satisfied to proceed Maine’s army legacy by deploying and using air refueling, airlift, expeditionary aerospace and fight assist forces around the globe. The MAINEiacs will eternally honor the Loring B-52 Stratofortress and the Airmen of the forty second Bomb Wing.