MIAMI BEACH, Fla. --
The presence of U.S. Air Force bombers could be heard and seen across the clear skies of Miami Beach May 27-28.
A B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, and B-1B Lancers performed a flyover on the beach front during the National Salute to America’s Heroes airshow in honor of Memorial Day, and to educate the public about the aircraft’s mission and capabilities.
Land, sea and air demonstrations were performed by the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, which showcased the diversity of equipment needed for each branch’s unique mission.
Bases assigned with Eighth Air Force bombers also provided aircrew and ground personnel the chance to engage with the locals, and share their experiences and knowledge about their respective career fields.
"It was incredible to experience such support for the Air Force from such a widely diverse population,” said Capt. Christopher Williston, 34th Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer Weapon Systems Officer. “It seemed that this was the first air show for many of the visitors, so it was great that we were able to demonstrate some of our aircrafts capabilities to the public. This was a unique opportunity for the public to see all three Air Force bombers at the same air show.”
Earlier this year, the Eighth Air Force, which traces its lineage back to World War II, celebrated its 75th anniversary. Although bomber aircraft have evolved as technological and stealth capabilities have grown significantly over the past seven decades, the spirit of the people who make the missions possible still reside in bomber Airmen today.
"The airshow in Miami gave the public a glimpse into our world," said Maj. Ruven Yarbrough, 393rd Bomb Squadron director of operations. "The multiple bomber demonstrations were a result of the efforts of many amazing Airmen. Their drive and dedication to get the mission done each and every day is truly unmatched."