BUFF walkaround of a B-52D Stratofortress 1st half
28° 26′ 58″ N / 81° 18′ 46″ W
Ensconced in the northeastern corner of Orlando Intention Airport (MCO) is the Orlando B-52 Memorial Park. And why not? MCO stands for McCoy Air Base which had been a B-52, after all.
So much for the formalities. This is why you want to pay a call—it is because this is a great BUFF exhibit:
- This B-52 is elevated on an earthen platform for convenient viewing of the aircraft
- Plentiful space surrounds the Stratofortress welcoming camera angles that can capture the entire B-52 in one shot (not a small feat with an aircraft a bit over half a football field in length)
- A viewing platform allows viewing at a level even with the BUFF’s upper surfaces
- The park is a quiet and uncrowded place with well kept grounds so gazing, studying, pondering or photographing are all unrushed (no water or restrooms are available, so go prepared)
This B-52 served an untold number of aircrews and is presented in the camouflage scheme used in the Vietnam War where it likely flew in the historical Arc Light and Linebacker missions. Drop by, take a look and a history maker, and absorb an awesome design that may fly a century before absolutely and finally being retired. The Orlando B-52 Memorial Park may be the best BUFF on display to be seen.
The follow up post will publish on Wednesday.
My thanks to Allan Schappert, former B-52 pilot, for his insight and technical knowledge—all of which have greatly helped on all the posts involving the B-52 in this blog.