RAMENSKOYE AIRFIELD, Russia — One of the most famous Cold War icons, the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, landed in Russia on Wednesday morning to participate in the sixth Moscow Space and Aviation Show this week.
“For half of my career, I never thought I would be standing here watching American airplanes land on this airfield,” said Col. Stephen Mueller, commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and commander of the U.S. military mission at the air show. Mueller is also an F-16 pilot.
The B-52 is with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
It is the first time a B-52 and other U.S. military aircraft have been in Russia on public display, but it was the second B-52 to fly into Russia.
The first occurred in the early 1990s on a military visit, but it was not put on public display.
Air show visitors will get a close-up look at several U.S. Air Force aircraft and see a daily F-15C Eagle aerial demonstration.
Other U.S. military aircraft on display among the 200 aircraft from around the world are the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle, KC-135 Stratotanker, and C-130 Hercules.
The air show ends Sunday.