Our Next Reunion Will be June 15 - 18, 2015 at Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Andersen AFB's Arc Light Memorial To Be Dismantled
Found on Facebook on February 13, 2014
Posted by John Thompson
The Arc Light memorial B-52 will be dismantled starting next week. The plan as I understand it will be to remove the aircraft, and paint a memorial shadow of the outline of Old 100 on the ground below where the plane used to sit. Then they will take the tail section from the B-52 currently representing "old 100" and mount it at the rear of the shadow. Then take a tail section from a current day B-52 and mount it next to that tail section and paint it with the squadron markings of the current B-52 group that is deployed here to Andersen to support our Continuous Bomber Presence mission.
I know a lot of you are like "WHAT!!!!!!" But, hear me out, as you all know corrosion is crazy here on Guam and they have had issues keeping the aircraft from rusting away ever since they mounted the first aircraft at Arc Light park. It has got so bad in the last few years they had to put a retaining fence around the aircraft to keep people from getting under the plane for fear it may fall and injure someone.
In today's Air Force when they are looking to cut 25K Airman it just did not justify the thousands and maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars they were spending to keep the aircraft safe.
We will try and photo document the deconstruction of the plane over the next couple of weeks.