A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing prepares to take off in the rain during an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., on Oct. 29, 2004. The wing practiced generating forces to an alert posture and launching aircraft at minimum intervals to demonstrate quick reaction combat capability during the ORE. (USAF PHOTO by SENIOR AIRMAN Joe Laws) (Released)