For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business.
His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52 combat missions in Vietnam.
"It is definitely a testament to the robust design of the B-52," said Welch, 28. "Getting to fly the same aircraft as my father and grandfather has been pretty cool."
A friend's son just retired from the USAF. The joke was that when the last B-2 is flown to the AF Museum in Dayton, OH, it will be a B-52 that flies the crew home.