The Mohawk Valley was a B-52G Stratofortress long range bomber which last flew out of the Griffiss Air Force Base (AFB) outside of Rome, New York. Its last missions were flown during Desert Storm over Iraq in support of the international coalition. It would take off with a crew of 6 from Griffiss AFB and return 24 hours later after delivering its ordnances where it would be maintained, reloaded and sent back out with a new crew and mission.
The aircraft is big (notice the vehicles under the wing on the left side) with a wingspan measuring 185 feet (56.4 meters) and fuselage of 159 feet (45 meters). Stratofortresses can carry approximately 70,000 pounds (31,500 kilograms) of bombs, mines and cruise missiles.
The base was closed in the mid-1990’s and is now the Griffiss Technology Park as the area does its best to recover from the economic impact of the loss of the base. The Mohawk Valley is a monument to the men and women who for over 60 years looked over our country’s airspace and protected us from harm.