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Old 09-02-2016, 10:03 PM   #30
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Arrow Gustatus Similis Pullus

To Serve Hearts & Liver..

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark..
The 509th Operations Group is the flying component of the USAF 509th Bomb Wing , assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.. It is equipped with all 20 of the USAF's B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.. Its 394th CTS also uses T-38 Talon trainers..In addition to its official insignia, during B-2 stealth bomber test flights, some members of the 509th Bomb Wing procured an unofficial insignia involving an alien, the legend To Serve Man (referring to a Twilight Zone episode), and the inscription Gustatus Similis Pullus (Dog Latin for "Tastes like chicken")..A second variation carried the term "Classified Test Flight" instead of the Twilight Zone reference, and both harkened to the 509th's connection to the "Roswell UFO incident"..

Emblem of the 509th Operations Group..

The historical roots of the 509th OG begin on 17 December 1944 when the 509th Composite Group was formed at Wendover Field, Utah under Second Air Force.. The 509th was formed with one mission in mind: to drop the Atomic Bomb..The group deployed to the Western Pacific in May 1945 and was assigned to the Twentieth Air Force 313th Bombardment Wing, stationed at North Field, Tinian, in the Mariana Islands.. Operations of the group, however, were controlled by Headquarters, USAAF with the 313th Bomb Wing providing logistical support..The 509th CG made history on 6 August 1945, when the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay," piloted by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.. The B-29 "Bockscar," piloted by Major Charles Sweeney visited the Japanese mainland on 9 August 1945 and dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki..

The 13 BS is one of the oldest units in the US Air Force, first being organized as the 13th Aero Squadron on 14 June 1917 at Kelly Field, Texas..The squadron deployed to France and fought on the Western Front during World War I as a pursuit squadron..On 16 October 1936, the squadron was consolidated with the 104th Aero Squadron, which was organized on 25 August 1917, another AEF combat squadron on the Western Front..In November 1945, the group returned to the US and was assigned to Roswell Army Air Base, New Mexico.. For a brief period of time from January to March 1946 the 509th was assigned to the 58th Bomb Wing at Fort Worth AAF, Texas, before returning to Roswell..In April 1946 many of the group's aircraft deployed to Kwajalein as part of Operation Crossroads, a series of atomic bomb tests..The group was redesignated as a medium bomb group in 1948 as part of the Strategic Air Command, and acquired an aerial refueling mission with the assignment of KB-29s.. Its 27 operational Silverplate B-29s were transferred in 1949 to the 97th Bomb Wing at Biggs Air Force Base, El Paso, Texas, when the group converted to B-50D Superfortresses..The 509th was inactivated on 16 June 1952 as part of a SAC (and later Air Force-wide) phase-out of groups with the adoption of the Tri-Deputate organization..In October 2001, the B-2 led America's strike force in Afghanistan, hitting the first targets in the country to "kick down the poor" for the air campaign which followed..The new shelters were put to use when the B-2 bombers again led a coalition air strike against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, on 21 March 2003..Since 2003, the B-2's forward presence has become a reality and proved the aircraft can deliver combat airpower, any time & any place..., can I help you sir?.Eleven minutes late, staff shortages, Nine Elms..He inflicted unspeakable tortures on the peasants..I realized that nothing we've been doing is new..Se7enteen minutes late, defective bogey at Earlsfield..Twenty-two minutes late, fed up by train delays..We haven't been tapping into new areas of the brain..Slow puncture at Beckham..That man there isn't just mowin' lawns..He's got a plan..I don't understand it!.he's covered in blood and there's not a drop on you!..

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