B-52 Stratofortress Killer Bomber Due To Fly Over The Wairarapa

The NZ Anti-Bases Campaign says one of America’s B-52 Stratofortresses, which were responsible for innumerable civilian deaths in Vietnam,Cambodia and the Middle East, is due to fly over the Wairarapa soon.

B-52 Stratofortresses carpet bombing in Asia

Wings Over Wairarapa mission

Wings Over Wairarapa airshow chairman Bob Francis said in a Stuff report they were working very hard to bring a B-52 on a fly past at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton on Saturday, February 27, in the early afternoon.

This follows unsuccessful attempts in recent years to have a B-52 fly at both the Wairarapa and Wanaka air shows.

Francis is quoted in Stuff as saying: :“I would like to say thank you to the United States Embassy for their incredible support in helping us make this dream a reality.”

Systematic aerial destruction in Asia

Because it is synonymous with the systematic aerial destruction inflicted upon Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War, some people think the B-52s are historic relics.

But although B-52s date back to 1952 they have been in continuous use by the US Air Force ever since, and remain so today.

They have been most recently used to bomb Syria and, in 2020, were deployed to the Indian Ocean base at Diego Garcia as part of Trump’s aggressive military threatening of Iran following the murder of an Iranian general.

Former mission to Wairarapa aborted

The monster aircraft was due to do a flypast at the last Wairarapa airshow in 2019, but it was cancelled at the last minute due to operational issues.

Long-range subsonic bomber

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic jet-powered strategic bomber, designed and built by Boeing.

The American B-52 Stratofortress bomber is scheduled to do a flypast at Wings Over Wairarapa 2021.
The American B-52 Stratofortress bomber is scheduled to do a flypast at Wings Over Wairarapa 2021.

It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s, can carry up to 32,000kg of weapons and has a typical combat range of more than 14,000km without aerial re-fuelling.

Because of its weight, it is unable to land on the Masterton runway and no weapons will be carried on this flight as it enters New Zealand airspace.

Organisers stressed that the B-52’s scheduled participation was subject to change in the event there are unforeseen weather conditions, operational requirements or unavoidable circumstances.

The Wings Over Wairarapa airshow is being held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton from February 26 to 28.

Wikipedia history of carpet bombing in Cambodia

Wikipedia says the first carpet bombing in Cambodia ( known as ‘Operation Breakfast’) began on the night of 18 March, 1969, with a raid by 60 B-52 Stratofortress bombers, based at Andersen Air Force BaseGuam.

Although the aircrews were briefed that their mission was to take place in South Vietnam, 48 of the bombers were diverted across the Cambodian border and dropped 2,400 tons of bombs.[26] 

‘Breakfast‘ was so ‘successful’ (in U.S. terms) that a list of 15 more known Base (supposed communist bases) Areas were targeted.[28] 

Stratregic Air Command flew 3,800 B-52 sorties against these targets, and dropped 108,823 tons of ordnance during the missions.[28] 

President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger went to great lengths to keep the missions secret. And to prevent criticism of the bombing, an elaborate dual reporting system of the missions was formulated.

Maybe the Anti Bases Campaign should be protesting outside the Russian embassy in Wellington for the daily bombing of civilians in Syria for the Assad regime.
Pull your heads in you idiots. Concentrate on what’s going on right now in Syria.

not keen on fly by as a showcase of a ‘killer bomber’ and success in killing so many innocent people but if they could acknowledge the harm and use this opportunity to remind us that no human beings should be sacrificed/bombed to appease another human beings view of ‘ the right way’ , then that will support move to living in a more collective, connected world.

Havibng heard much about the Americans’aiming accuracy,’ I would say that anything is possible, Ed

Wings over Wairarapa hope it goes ahead for you .Anti bases campain get a life yes deliberate spelling mistake where do these whingers and morons come from.

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