Bomber crews to set aviation record

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BARKSDALE AFB – Two B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and 20 aircrew members will make aviation history here, February 18.

The Airmen will be participating in a two-ship flight during which they will surpass the 100,000 combined flying hour mark upon landing.

“Every B-52 crewmember likes to thump his chest now and then. But this event is more than flaunting hours flown or longevity achieved,” said Lt. Col. Steve Smith, 93rd Bomb Squadron. “This event is a chance to highlight our common goals; it’s a sharing of experiences and a display of our devotion to service; it represents the endurance of the brotherhood of warriors.”

The sortie will also serve as the fini-flight for Col. Joseph C. Jones, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, who retires March 1, with more than 37 years of service.

“For one-hundred-thousand hours we have flown together, fought together, won and lost together. We’ve answered a call, protected the innocent, and dealt justice to the unjust”, said Smith. “That is what these two flights represent!”