lOFFUTT Air Force Base: This is what our servicemen see when landing at Offutt AFB. | a12iggymom’s Blog

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WHAT PILOTS SEE WHEN LANDING AT OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE.

A farmer does this with his tractor. He uses GPS to get the letters readable.

He has done this every fall for several years now.

Here’s the view from the flight pattern into OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE

Bellevue, NE., just south of Omaha.

This is what our servicemen see when landing at Offutt AFB.

Hat tip to the Bellevue farmer who made it happen!

a closer view

Okay e-mail buddies, lets keep this going until everyone has seen it

Without the news medias help.

This should have made national news.

Imagine how this must feel to all those servicemen

Seeing it for the first time.

It tells them that we do care and that we do support them.

Lets make it a BIG THANK YOU by sending it around the world.

lOFFUTT Air Force Base: This is what our servicemen see when landing at Offutt AFB. | a12iggymom’s Blog.

And you thought we were kidding about precision agriculture!

Incidentally, a few pieces of trivia about Offutt AFB.

The Base is named for 1st LT Jarvis Offutt who died on August 13, 1918 from injuries received while flying at Valheureux, France. It is unknown whether his death resulted from enemy action or from an aircraft accident. The base was Fort Crook. Located some 10 miles south of Omaha and two miles west of the Missouri River, the fort was constructed between 1894 and 1896. The fort’s namesake was Major General George Crook, a Civil War veteran and Indian fighter.

During World War II a bomber plant was located on the base, which produced B-26 Marauders until it switched over to producing B-29 Superfortresses. Both Enola Gay and Bockscar were manufactured here.

At one minute past midnight, on 9 November 1948, Offutt  became the host base for Headquarters Strategic Air Command, which was moved from Andrews AFB, Maryland.

During the Cold War, a general and various support personnel from the base were airborne 24-hours a day on an EC-135 from February 3, 1961 to July 24, 1990 in Operation Looking Glass, creating an airborne command post in case of war. Operation Looking Glass carried out its mission without any mishaps or incidents during its 29 years of existence.

This is also where President Bush came on the afternoon of 9/11.

It is now the home of United States Strategic Command which is hosted by the 55th Wing of Air Combat Command, as well as the Air Force Weather Agency.

 

Strategic Air Command

55th Wing

 

Air Combat Command
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