Heh, didn't seem so cool at the time. Height of the Cold War. We had been back in the woods for about 3 days and hadn't seen a plane in the sky for all that time, which we thought odd. Then we hear this roar, but don't see anything. Look back down the hill and there's this B-freakin'-52 we could have hit with a rock, flying by. Freaked us out a little.
Given the difference in size (from Wikipedia - F-22 Raptor: length, 62 ft 1 in; wingspan, 44 ft 6 in; B-52H: length: 159 ft 4 in; wingspan: 185 ft) & aircraft type, that is impressive. 'course, I'd always heard it was the B-52's ominous drone that put fear into the heart of the enemy.
*ED* your message about B-52s flying low. I live about 90 miles south of a former SAC base. About 35 years ago, we were hunting in the woods about 30 miles closer to the base. Happened to hear a sound behind me and looked back down the hill. Saw a B-52 flying literally at treetop level. My cousin came running up the hill about 15 minutes later. Said he was standing right under it when it flew over!
Of course. I know an auto mechanic across from a base. F-18s were taking off overhead as we spoke. I asked him if we were conversing practically nose-to-nose because of Hornet-induced hearing loss. "Yes." ... btw, watching F-18s taking off in echelon formation is pretty cool, too. Oh, even better - I was once driving by what must have been a "dead storage" area in the high desert. I did a double-take; "yes, that's an SR-71!"