Two B-1B Bombers Arrive @ LB Airport, Expect LOUD Wednesday Jan. 4 Afternoon Take-Off For Rose Bowl Pre-Game Flyover; B-1Bs Will Return To LGB, Then Depart (Again, LOUD) on Jan. 5
(Jan. 3, 2006) -- Two U.S. Air Force Boeing B-1B bombers arrived at LB Airport Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 3) in preparation for a Wednesday, Jan. 4 afternoon take-off (expect LOUD!) at about 4:00 p.m. to perform a flyover of the Rose Bowl game at 5:12 p.m. just prior to kick-off.
Retired LB Firefighter Jerry Search snapped this beautiful digital photo of one of the B-1Bs landing at LGB on Jan. 3.
Photo credit: LB Firefighter (retired) Jerry Search
The B-1Bs will return to Long Beach Airport after their Pasadena fly-by and are scheduled to depart for their home base, Dyess AFB in Texas, on Thursday, January 5th at about 2 p.m. (again, LOUD!)
LB Airport reminds LB residents: "B-1Bs can be quite loud, particularly on take-off, making them noticeable to residents and businesses in the surrounding area."
The B-1B is a long-range heavy bomber is 146 feet long with a wingspan of 137 feet. At maximum take-off weight it's approximately 477,000 pounds and can fly 900+ miles per hour.
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