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B-52 unhinged — Arc Light Memorial in transition

15 May 2014

B-52 unhinged — Arc Light Memorial in transition

13º 34′ o8″ N / 144º 55′ 13 E

Arc Light was historic, occurring during the Vietnam War, when D model B-52s were modified in 1964 to deliver conventional munitions in ground support combat roles. The mission name was reused in 1972 to conventionally bomb North Vietnam with these same B-52D Stratofortresses. The Air Force Magazine has this article on Arc Light, for further reading.

Alas, the Arc Light Memorial on Anderson AFB Guam’s B-52D (Old-100) has been defeated by the ocean’s climate. It has been removed, the tail will be restored and placed on display with a tail from a B-52H in a new Arc Light Memorial.

Our thanks to Allan Schappert (retired B-52 pilot) for continuing to alert us about this story and for sending these USAF photos, taken on 22 March 2014.

 

Airmen of the 36th Maintenance Squadron unbolting the hinged vertical fin of "Old-100" Boeing B-52D Stratofortress at the Ar Light Memorial on Andersen AFB Guam — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

Airmen of the 36th Maintenance Squadron unbolting the hinged vertical fin of “Old-100” Boeing B-52D Stratofortress at the Ar Light Memorial on Andersen AFB Guam — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

Airmen of the 36th Maintenance Squadron unbolting the hinged vertical fin of "Old-100" Boeing B-52D Stratofortress at the Ar Light Memorial on Andersen AFB Guam — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

After disconnecting a single locking bolt the tail is rotated to the horizontal — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

Airmen of the 36th Maintenance Squadron unbolting the hinged vertical fin of "Old-100" Boeing B-52D Stratofortress at the Ar Light Memorial on Andersen AFB Guam — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

The tail of “Old-100” now in its stowed horizontal position — USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White

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