Only The Best Come North

July 9, 2019

Community, Local Spotlight

During the Cold War, the United States Air Force was searching for new sites for air bases. The city of Minot convinced the Air Force that Minot was the right place for a new base.

The new air base was constructed about 13 miles north of the city of Minot.

Photo from Minot Air Force Base.

The very first unit ever activated at the Minot Air Force Base was the 32nd Fighter Group which was on February 8th, 1957.

In the 1990s, Minot AFB demonstrated its war-fighting capabilities by deploying aircraft and personnel to the Middle East for the overwhelming victory over Iraq during Operation DESERT STORM.

Today, the Minot AFB is home to the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing, they are known as Air Force Global Strike Command Units. The 5th Bomb Wing houses the B-52H Stratofortresses. The B-52 can travel up to 650 miles per hour, has a wingspan of 185 feet, and when empty weighs 185,000 pounds.

Photo from Minot Air Force Base.
A B-52H Stratofortress taxis on the runway at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, March 5, 2019. The B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)
Photo from Minot Air Force Base.

The 91st Missile Wing is responsible operating, maintaining and securing a fleet of 150 Minuteman III missiles. These missiles can reach 15,000 miles per hour and can go a distance of 6,000 miles.

Photo from Minot Air Force Base.

If you are new to the Minot Air Force Base or recently received order to Minot, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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