And I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies above our nation.
— Matthews Southern Comfort, Woodstock. (Original lyrics by Joni Mitchell.)
During much of the 1960’s, as part of the nuclear deterrent, United States B52 bombers armed with thermonuclear weapons remained on continuous airborne patrol, flying routes to points on the Soviet Union border.
Image of US Boeing B52 Stratofortress shortly after take-off: By US Goverment (US Goverment) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons