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This Plane Is Parked At An Airport, But Not For Why You’d Think

by joeheg

You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures from around the world where airport runways are being used as huge airplane parking lots. While the images are striking, they mean those planes aren’t going to be needed anytime soon.

It turns out that Orlando Airport has a plane parked at the airport but for a totally different reason.

For those who don’t know, Orlando International Airport used to be McCoy AFB. That’s where the airport’s MCO abbreviation comes from. McCoy AFB was the home of the 306th Bomb Wing and the B52D Stratofortress.

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In 1982, the plane’s final flight was from Texas to Orlando.

It now resides as the centerpiece of a park located at the edge of Orlando Airport property. I guarantee you that almost no one from Orlando knows it’s even there.

The park is located at the end of a road that hugs the end of the runway. There’s no sign on how to get there. The easiest way to find it is to look for the lot where the ride-share drivers wait for passengers.

When I had to pick Sharon up from the airport last year, I went early to try and find the park and check out Orlando’s resident B52.

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Locked. Apparently, the airport authority has a different idea about when sunset happens, as I thought it was when the sun went down. I was able to walk around the fence and get some pictures but I didn’t get to take a look up close.

Even from a distance away, it’s an impressive sight.

The park is free and open to the public. There are even some benches around if you’d like to sit outside.

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I’d bet that I was the only one to visit that day. Maybe even that week. Regardless of how many people visit, the Orlando Airport Authority does a great job of preserving and honoring the aircraft and all of those who worked on her over an almost 30-year career.

This Facebook page provides a map to the park, and I found most of the history of the plane on GatewayOrlando.org.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

3 comments

Tom April 10, 2020 - 4:04 pm

I remember seeing it so many times, when taking the airport exit from the Beach Line (FL-528). The map says it’s still there, but I haven’t noticed it, lately. Have I been unobservant, or have they moved it slightly, so it’s less visible from the road?

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Ken April 10, 2020 - 4:35 pm

I was at the airport to watch it land and had a chance to look inside…i remember the plane to look a little well used.

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Marshall Morris April 13, 2020 - 8:00 am

I only know it’s there because I worked at OIA and used that road as a shortcut most days.
I always thought it strange that I never saw group tours done, especially school field trips.

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