Busted up D-Model

picture-16.pngI’m not sure where I got this picture, I think Andy might have left it on a computer in 8AF … I’m pretty sure it is from Guam. When I was at Dyess, several D-Models were chopped up next the runway and eventually hauled away (I was too naive to take pictures back then) … but this doesn’t look like controlled demolition, rather an old war bird that limped home and was then pushed to the side.  However, since the wing is laying at at odd angle … it might be part of the 1981 unilateral 25% reduction in US long range bombers.

Can anybody shed some “for sure” light on it?

4 Responses to “Busted up D-Model”

  1. Ponch says:

    Chuck,

    This may be what’s left of AC-0001, the Anderson AFB Vietnam war/Linebacker II memorial. This D-model was put on display after the war as it was a favorite of the aircrews who flew in Vietnam and had lots of hours. The jet stayed on display for years until it was deemed too dangerous to be around the public — Corrosion had eat’n most of the major structural members. The original was scraped somewhere west of the runway (this might be a picture of the scrap) until a typhoon blew what was left into the jungle. Andy and I found a piece (the tail section) on a jungle trail west of the runway when we were there a few years ago.

    Cheers

    Reed

  2. Elwood says:

    That sounds about right, I remember the story that Ponch tells, and I too had gone out in the jungle and looked over the remains.

  3. The Chuck says:

    I can picture that D-model looking back at you and Reed and thinking to herself, “Wow … those guys are old.”

  4. Andy says:

    Guilty as charged there Chuck – when I took a break there, I would take advantage of the Joint Combat Camera Website to search for B-52 images. That was one of four during the Pacer Dismantle program and was taken around September 1986. A SAC Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team set charges under – I believe three or five D models. Two A/Cs I could not get tail numbers on, but the others were #0664, #0099, and the original #0100 – ole 100 – the original one! Later, another team came in to cut them up further for disposal. But Reed, I thought that the plaque that was left by the Boy Scouts said that it got swallowed up by the jungle until a typhoon came around and uncovered the tail section? Anyway either way the story goes, site is maintained by the local Boy Scout Troop.
    Cheers,
    Andy

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