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  •  My (civilian) B-52 experience... (4+ / 0-)
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    Mulkum, BlackSheep1, bobinson, KenBee

    For some residents of central Kentucky, B-52s on low-level runs were a common sight over a 30-year span.  Now, Kentucky isn't known as a hotbed of Air Force activity, so let me explain...

    Detatchment 8 of SAC's 1st Combat Group was based at the US Army's Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD), just outside Lexington.  The small detachment was staffed with radar specialists, and BGAD boasted two powerful radars; the first was of US manufacture, but it was later joined by a copy of a Soviet radar captured by the Israelis during the 1967 Six-Day War.  B-52s would make their low-level runs over the installation in order to test and/or practice jamming the Soviet radar.

    So, you can just imagine sitting down to breakfast in a small Kentucky town, only feel your entire house vibrate as a B-52 passes overhead at near-treetop level...it was quite the experience for first-time visitors.

    Detachment 8 was deactivated in 1994, after 31 years in Kentucky and 46 years of overall service.

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