TIP OF THE SWORD -- In this superb 8x10 black and white kindly provided to me by Stan Lukasiewicz, a Westover B-52 aircraft commander, left, briefs his attentive flight crew of officers and enlisted, circa late 1950s. In the background is B-52C s/n 54-2679 and its awesome SAC emblem in the "Milky Way" band that wrapped around the front of the jet. The aircrew are members of the 346th Bombardment Squadron -- the squadron emblems are visible on their jackets, and the 99th Bomb Wing patches can be seen on their right arm sleeves. Photos like this show the pride and professionalism of SAC. The 346th BMS was one of three B-52 squadrons at Westover. The 99th Bomb Wing began its operations in late 1956 with 45 B-52s. By August 1957, with a full complement of new KC-135s "on the deck," Westover's armada numbered a staggering 105 aircraft assigned (45 BUFFs, 20 KC-135s, and 40 KC-97s). SAC planners, mindful of Westover's prominence as a top target of the Soviet Union, moved a squadron of B-52s in early 1961. The 347th BMS departed Westover in January of that year, to McCoy AFB, Fla.