Andersen Air Force Base, GUAM - Awesome B-52D Stratofortress Bomber, now ARC LIGHT MEMORIAL monument. This mighty machine has served the U.S.A. for several decades; so far, refuses to become obsolete. (Being dismantled & removed as of 3.23.2014 due to deterioration from climate conditions; will be replaced by silhouette)

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Update 3.23.2014: I was very sad to learn that the ARC LIGHT MEMORIAL B-52D Stratofortress Bomber is being dismantled as I update this info. Deterioration caused by climate conditions has been cited as the the cause to dismantle the aircraft. I know nothing last forever, especially the actual servants, but it's sad nonetheless.

This B-52 Stratofortress Bomber now called the Arc Light Memorial has been in this location at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for more than 20 years. [I captured this shot during a visit to watch the Thunderbirds Air Show]. This bomber is one of the actual bombers that served the United States Armed Forces and South Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict (1960s/1970s). It is huge, formidable looking and is just an awesome sight. This aircraft is kept in excellent condition & is usually open to the public when AAFB features open houses. From speaking with military personnel assigned to Guam, this aircraft is regularly moved on several occasions for maintenance/upkeep. No matter how many times I pass by this mighty machine, I am awestruck by the sight of this servant.

Operation Arc Light began with the deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in 1965 from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to support ground combat operations in Vietnam.

Now...Notice the massive size of this mighty machine against the building... :)

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Comments (7)

Str8 Nemesis on January 18, 2011

I can remember it being called the "Arc Light Memorial," as far back as 1968 when my father was stationed there, 68-71 and when we returned frm 75-77! We were also on the island when Typhoon Pamela struck the island as well!

fita-sarmiento-rober… on January 26, 2011

@Str8 Nemesis: I'm glad you have the opportunity to witness Guam during different times. The Arc Light Memorial was a cleaned-up B52 that was used for bombing in Vietnam. It's still well kept and in great condition. Typhoon Pamela sure wrecked Guam which actually caused the stringent building code on Guam. With global warming, there have been Super-typhoons that have also cause havoc on the Island. Guam's landscape has change tremendously since you've left. We now have Pleasure Island that was once plain old Tumon Bay. If you get the opportunity to come this way again, you will be pleasantly surprised. Thanks for your comments.

HappyCouple on August 8, 2011

My wife of 35 years plus and I were married on Guam, both active duty USAF. We survived the Typhoon known as Super Typhoon Pamela 1976. That is a moment in our lives that we will never forget. We have plans to return to Guam by our 50th anniversay.

IRA on August 6, 2012

Warto żyć dla takich ujęć.Pozdrawiam z Polski Ira

michaelmcwilliams123 on January 23, 2013

i was tdy from westover afb from 1972 to 1973 and i move that aircraft many times .

fita-sarmiento-rober… on January 26, 2013

@michaelmcwilliams123...Thank you for your comment. It's always nice to hear of service personnel who pass through Guam. Thank you for your service to our Nation and to Guam, as well.

gmanBSN on March 15, 2013

I too was TDY to Anderson '72 - '73 but from Barksdale and I think I towed or parked most of them included this one. Michael McWilliams were you a Uke driver or maintainer?

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