Visitors to an international air show years ago at the Winnipeg airport mill around the B-1 bomber that was on display. U.S. B-1 and B-52 bombers flying out of Minot, N.D., have been dropping bombs at CFB Shilo this week as part of a training exercise.
If you’ve experienced sporadic rattling and rumbling in your home this week, it’s likely due to bombs being dropped at CFB Shilo.
Lori Truscott, public affairs officer with CFB Shilo, said it’s a routine training exercise, which involves large aircraft, flying out of Minot, ND.
"We work with our allies and this is an excellent training opportunity for them," Truscott said. "I know they’re dropping some very big bombs, whether that’s causing the shaking I don’t know."
The four-day exercise began Monday and will wrap up today by 4 p.m. Called "forward air controller training," the exercise involves members of the artillery on the ground, speaking and training with aircraft.
Forward air controllers plan and execute all manners of fire support from the air. They have to insure that ordnance is placed at the right place at the right time in order to support troops, whether they’re manoeuvring or defending themselves.
The B-52 airplane has been used this week at CFB Shilo. During Wednesday’s exercise, the B-1 bomber was the aircraft used in training.
"They try to do it as much as they can, obviously to keep their skills maintained and qualify those people that need to be qualified," Truscott said.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 6, 2012