30 Jun '18, 4pm

“It’s not every day the B-52 gets called for a search and rescue.” https://t.co/yzYlPNdAmD

“It’s not every day the B-52 gets called for a search and rescue.” https://t.co/yzYlPNdAmD

The crew of a B-52 Stratofortress helped find six canoe paddlers during a search and rescue mission near Guam, according to Andersen Air Force Base’s 36th Wing. The crew, from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron out of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., was on a routine flight during a deployment to Guam when they responded to a call from the Coast Guard June 25. A traditional Pacific Island-style canoe carrying six passengers had gone missing after sailing from nearby Piagailoe Atoll on June 19. The journey from the atoll to Guam was only supposed to take a day — meaning the paddlers, who had minimal supplies had been missing for six days. “This was a unique situation for us,” Capt. Sean Simpson, one of the bomber’s crew, said in an Air Force statement. “It’s not every day the B-52 gets called for a search and rescue.” Finding the canoe wasn’t easy, since the airmen weren’t ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/b-52-bomber-helps-re...

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