Apparently this is being done to express our displeasure, or to intimidate. Or something.
The first powered flight of a heavier than air manned aircraft took place in December, 1903. That is, 49 years before the first flight of a B-52.
Put another way, more time has elapsed between the B-52’s first flight and today than had elapsed between the first manned flight and the B-52’s first flight. We’re still flying B-52’s; but it would have been unthinkable that in 1952 anyone would have gotten around in one of those Wright Brothers’ crates.
This is a startling fact and it says something. I’m just not sure what.