An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber declared an in-flight emergency after one of its engines dropped down from the aircraft near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

There were no weapons on board the military aircraft during this training mission. Possible engine debris was located in a unpopulated area 25 miles northeast of the base. The U.S. Air Force has 76 of those planes in operation and they are among the oldest WW II style warplanes in the fleet.

The B-52 flew bombing missions in Vietnam, where their chemical ‘agent orange’ bombs destroyed almost 25% of the rainforest along the Mekong-Delta after the French military pulled out of combat in 1959.

In 1965 the Pentagon ordered 200.000 U.S. troops to Vietnam. The B-52 started their mission in 1969. American politicians (Henry Kissinger whom won the Nobel Peace Price) signed a cease fire agreement in Paris in 1973.

The B-52 also played a role in the Afghanistan War, deploying bombing missions on Tora-Bora to kill Osama Bin Laden. One B-52 cost $53 million and has a maximum range of 8.700 Nm. The Stratofortress can fly @ a maximum cruise altitude of 50.000 feet and has a maximum take-off weight of 488.000 lbs.

In May, 2016 a B-52 “military role nuclear bomber” from Minot Air Force Base crashed in Guam during a training mission. The crew was able to evacuate safely after the disaster.

Military.com / AA Magnum News 2017.

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