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Near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

B-52D Stratofortress

“Diamond Lil”

 

1957 - 1983

 
B-52 D Stratofortress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 14, 2006
1. B-52 D Stratofortress Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to the men and women of the Strategic Air Command who flew and maintained the B-52D throughout its 26-year history in the command. Aircraft 55-083, with over 15,000 flying hours, is one of two B-52Ds credited with a confirmed MIG kill during the Vietnam Conflict.

Flying out of U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield in Southern Thailand, the crew of “Diamond Lil” shot down a MIG northeast of Hanoi during “Linebacker II” action on Christmas Eve, 1972.
 
Erected 1984 by General Bennie L. Davis, CINSAC.
 
Location. 39° 1.279′ N, 104° 51.035′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is at the intersection of North Gate Boulevard and Stadium Boulevard, on the left when traveling west on North Gate Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Air Force Academy (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Stone Fort (approx. 5.5 miles away); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. 9.9 miles away); Garden of the Gods Park
"Diamond Lil" image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
2. "Diamond Lil"
(approx. 10 miles away); Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer (approx. 10 miles away); Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (approx. 10 miles away); Indian Trail (approx. 10.5 miles away); Ute Pass (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, ColdWar, Vietnam
 
B-52 D Stratofortress image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
3. B-52 D Stratofortress
B-52 image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
4. B-52
Tail view image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
5. Tail view
Information Panel at site image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
6. Information Panel at site
Information Panel at site image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
7. Information Panel at site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,087 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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