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U.S. B-52 bomber flown over South Korea in response to the North’s nuclear test

  • A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Base Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea on Saturday. The B-52 was joined by a ROK F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Dillian Bamman)

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    South Korean army soldiers walk to get a ride on a military truck at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, near the border of North Korea and South Korea today.

A U.S. B-52 bomber conducted a low-level flight today in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, U.S. Pacific Command said.

The B-52, flying out of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, was joined by South Korean F-15 fighter aircraft and U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft. The flight occurred about 5 p.m. Hawaii time.

“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security.”

The last time a similar U.S. show of force flight occurred was in 2013 after North Korea’s nuclear test then. North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Wednesday.

The flight mission demonstrated the strength of the alliance between the United States and the South Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the Korean Peninsula, Pacific Command said.

Headquartered in Hawaii, U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for all U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps forces over half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of North America to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole.

The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range strategic bomber and part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Pacific Command said. Upon completion of the flight over South Korea, the B-52 returned to Guam.

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  • Just a dog and pony show. Such actions will not have any impact on the mercurial leader of North Korea. He is no fool and is only interested in perceiving himself in power and
    the ruling class which supports him.
    If he did not have nuclear weapons, he would be easy pickings for the US and anyone else who wanted to engineer his overthrow.
    Just look at what happened to Saddam Hussein, or Kadafi and what the ruling oligarchy is now attempting to overthrow Assad in Syria.
    Kim Jong Ung may be erratic and dangerous but he is not stupid. If he eventually falls, it will come from within.

    • On the contrary, it never hurts to remind officials of the DPRK we can turn the surface of their primitive fiefdom to radioactive glass in about 15 minutes should that become necessary.

      You may not be able to comprehend the message but I can assure you THEY do.

  • I back the military, I really do. But one has to wonder how much $$$$$ that flyover from Guam and back cost us taxpayers just to flex a bicep. Never mind. I don’t want to know.

  • Sending a B-52 “nap of the earth” over S. Korea to protest a N. Korea nuke test is kinda like sending protestors up Mauna Loa to protest a telescope on Mauna Kea, not?

    I mean, just a little unclear on the concept?

    Now the USAF will face a bunch of lawsuits from S. Korean farmers whose cows were scared by the low overflight and aren’t giving milk any more.

    “If the pilot’s good, see, I mean if he’s reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low… oh you oughta see it sometime. It’s a sight. A big plane like a ’52… varrrooom! Its jet exhaust frying chickens in the barnyard!”
    — General Buck Turgidson

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