Griffiss Airfield (RME) - Rome, New York
An apparition from
history appears in the early morning mists at the
former Griffiss AFB in Rome, New York
. The lonely stillness of
the rising sun is broken by the thunder of eight mighty jet
engines as the B-52G Mohawk
Valley returns from a 24 hour mission, and approaches,
with flaps down for a welcoming landing at her home base.
What! Cannot hear her? Close your eyes,
my friend, and travel back in time to those wondrous days of
yesteryear, buried in the deep recesses of our
imagination, memory, and mind's eye.
There! Now you
see her, -- as I do -- getting closer -- returning from the skies
Boeing B-52G 58-0225
Mohawk Valley is the magnificent Gate Guard
at the former Griffiss AFB. Nose high, flaps down, she sits
on short final for landing.
The Mohawk Valley
is wonderfully displayed and maintained by American Legion
Post #24 in Rome, New York. A commemorative coin they offer
for sale is inscribed "First
to Arrive, Never to Leave" See the Link below.
This airplane flew combat
missions in SE Asia during the Viet Nam war from Andersen AFB, Guam
The Mohawk Valley flew 32
combat missions in Operation Desert Storm
How wonderful that this magnificent airplane has been preserved and enshrined for future generations.