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ORFUTT AIR FORCE BASE in eastern Nebraska near I-80 became home to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during World War II, and continues today as the US Strategic Command headquarters. Its museum displays the many historic aircraft used to maintain "world peace" including long-range bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and reconnaissance aircraft. Generally, the SAC historically conducted worldwide surveillance and would activate a first strike offense to deter foreign hostile threats. It's certainly worth a visit if you're in the area... And I was!

Planes, planes, planes

Planes, planes, planes

I recall the SAC's role in keeping global stability during the Cold War years with Soviet Russia. Public awareness of the SAC was popularized in movies like "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart, "Gathering of Eagles" with Rock Hudson, and "Dr. Strangelove" with Peter Sellers. The consequences of global military aggression was a popular concern then.

Modern satellites and computer technology have altered the mission, but the global threat of foreign aggression remains a concern and the ability to respond at varying levels is still relevant today.

SR71 Blackbird high altitude reconnaissance plane

SR71 Blackbird high altitude reconnaissance plane

So why is the headquarters here in remote Nebraska instead of our national capitol? It happens that a command center in a remote location centrally located in the country is best to survey, evaluate and respond to global aggression. You may recall that President Bush initially came to Orcutt AFB in response to the 911 terrorist attacks, before continuing on to Washington, DC.

The SAC motto says it all... "Peace is our Profession."

Week 21, 1671 Miles, Weather 71F🌤 

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AuthorRich Monroe