B-52 Bomber, America’s Iconic War Machine Crashes in the Pacific-A B-52 war air machine, United States of America iconic bombing hawk has crashed, leaving a trail of ecological disaster in Guam, a US territory in Micronesia in the western Pacific, about 6,000km (3,700 miles) west of Hawaii.
The B-52 Bomber is the most feared bombing plane of the 20th Century which had existed in America’s military history. The dogged fighting machine remains as strong, effective and most potent as the carrier of Weapon of mass destruction in war history and has existed for about 60 years in service of US military across the World.
Its war adventure was had been dotted in Vietnam, Afghanistan and in Iraq. It actually carried out the first round of air raid and the onslaught on Iraq Capital Baghdad in 1992/1993 Desert storm. It also perfected its action in 2003 operation
And she will keep on flying until 2044. How does this 1950s behemoth survive in the era of drones and stealth aircraft?
According to a source from the American Airforce base, the awesome war machine came down shortly after take-off at a US base in Guam, carrying seven crew members. The source claimed the crew members, seven in number were al save and well after ejecting safely during a routine training exercise which was being conducted by crew members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, the Air Force source said in a statement. The seven crew members safely left the aircraft after the incident at 08:30 local time (22:30 GMT Wednesday) at Andersen Air Force Base, BBC reported.
The US Air Force told the BBC the crash had nothing to do with terrorism but rather was a “mishap”.
According to BBC, The ace bomber was deployed to one of United States island territory in the Pacific from North Dakota as part of the effort in retaining a landmark military’s presence in the area.
The crew members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron were on a routine training mission, the Air Force said in a statement.
It said steps were being taken to minimise the environmental impact, without providing further details.
B-52s are still going strong after 60 years in service in the US military – from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
Their main function is to provide the US with immediate conventional and nuclear global strike capability.
Guam is a US territory in Micronesia in the western Pacific, about 6,000km (3,700 miles) west of Hawaii.
The US Army’s bases there are considered among the most strategically important in the region.
In 2008, six crew members died when a B-52 crashed into the sea near Guam.
Us Airforce base in a sent press release to KuamNews reported:” The US Air Force has confirmed that a B-52H Stratofortress crashed at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the Andersen flightline. “All seven aircrew members have safely egressed the aircraft. No injuries have been reported. Emergency responders are on scene,” a released stated. “The B-52 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the DoD’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The aircrew are members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were performing a routine training mission.”
Guam Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas confirms GFD received a call for additional support for firefighting capabilities and assisting units from Andersen Air Force Base in response to a military aircraft crash on base, reportedly a B-52. San Nicolas confirms they are executing a Memorandum of Understanding between military, federal, and local fire emergency services.
The Office of Civil Defense is also coordinating efforts to send a water tanker to the site. According to Guam International Airport spokesperson Rolenda Faasuamalie, there has been no impact to GIAA Operations.
The Governor’s Office has also issued a statement “We assure the public this does not appear to be an attack, and we highly discourage anyone from spreading assumptions, or any information that does not come from Civil Defense or the military itself.”
-BBC and Kuam news