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B-52 Memorial Park, Orlando

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B-52 Memorial Park is located within the Orlando International Airport just off the Beachline Expressway formerly the Bee Line near runway 18L. It is a small, relatively hidden park under the control of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and features a retired B-52D Stratofortress, Air Force Serial Number 56-0687, from the Strategic Air Command. The aircraft was at one time assigned to the 306th Bomb Wing of the now defunct McCoy Air Force Base. The bomber was built in 1956 and retired 28 years later in 1984. Final flight was from its last unit of assignment, the 7th Bomb Wing at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth Texas, to the former McCoy AFB, now Orlando International Airport, on February 20, 1984.

The park is located on Bear Road, accessible from Tradeport Drive just south of Beachline/SR 528 Exit 4, around the corner from where the old Orlando Jetport terminal, the predecessor to the current Orlando International Airport terminal, used to stand. The park is open from 7:00am to sunset, and is free of charge to visit. The park also contains a memorial for the Airport Authority's K-9s adjacent to the B-52.
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  • This park is exactly as the name suggests. A big old B-52 bomber located at the airport. It is hidden away and access is via Cargo Road and Bear Road but, worth the detour. It is wonderful to get...  more »
  • We have been visiting Orlando for many years now and never realised this was here at airport. We came to MCO to meet two of our sons who were joining us part way through our holiday, and were looking....  more »
  • This park is a hidden gem at the Orlando airport. Love the decommissioned B-52. Very proud of the US aviation history. The landscape is done well as their are flowers that spell out B-52 and the green field next to it was green and mowed. This place is a God send being so close to the airport if traveling with a service dog or pet dog. The open field allows you to play ball and tire your dog before boarding in addition to relieving themselves in an area where there are alot of trees and foliage. Bring your own poop bag as there are none at the park. However, there are nice benches to sit and relax and trash receptacles to place your garbage in if enjoying a relaxing meal before take off or even after landing. Thumbs up to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) who run this park. I will definitely visit again when passing through.
  • Get Up and close with the exterior of a decommissioned B-52 Bomber. Really cool, just sitting there all alone.

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