Skip to comments.Message For Military Eyes In The Sky
Posted on 10/18/2012 4:16:14 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
Harvest is almost over, but something important is being planted in a Bellevue field. Military personnel flying into Offutt Air Force Base can look down on final approach and see how much they are appreciated.
Volunteers are staking out this years message along Highway 370 and 25th Street, which will say "thank you for freedom." Among those helping are several off-duty Air Force personnel who will themselves be flying over.
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Thanks for sharing! I love it!
I used to live just outside Offutt AFB, near 42nd Ave & Hwy 370. Was so close to the base that when the annual airshow was on the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds would fly over my house.
The base has always been supported by the community. For those that don’t know, this was the Strategic Air Command of old, now Stratcom. The Looking Glass planes are based there and flew continuous missions during the cold war. In WWII it was the Martin Bomber Plant. The Enola Gay rolled off the assembly line there. I’ve had the priviledge as just a civilian to tour the underground communications center, that was Target #1 and Ground Zero for any Soviet attack. It looks just like what you see in the movies on tv.
I also got to see one of the Space Shuttles there when it was being transported back from Edwards AFB in CA to Florida, and stopped for refueling. They opened up the base to the public that day. And finally, on 9/11 when all air traffic was grounded, and there might have been a threat against Air Force One, GWB went to Offutt to be in a secure location.
Lots of good memories about that base. I am glad you posted this.
Remember the good old days when it was only the Air Force looking down at us from above? God knows what agencies are flying up there now.