“....The Bangor [Maine] airport is accustomed to dealing with diverted flights. Its the first large U.S. airport for incoming European flights, and its the last U.S. airport for outgoing flights, with uncluttered skies and one of the longest runways on the East Coast. Aircraft use the airport when there are mechanical problems, medical emergencies or unruly passengers.....”
Yep. It’s the old Dow AFB which became one of the larger SAC bases during the cold war. As a kid growing up in eastern Maine, I can remember watching groups of B-52s coming in off the Atlantic at tree-top level with their long black smoke trails off their engines. I guess this was to test radar detection etc.? That airport has over an 11,000’ runway.
I’ve seen C-141 Starlifters doing touch and go’s in the skies in around Bangor International for years.
One time, when I was deep in the woods, I heard the sound of jet engines above my head. I looked up, and I saw about five or six F-15s doing their thing in the sky. I felt like I was at an air show.
Loring AFB in the northern most part of Maine was a SAC base in the recent past, but it was closed during a round of cuts by the base closing commission.