B-52s Tour European Skies

Photo: A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, above the coast English coast, March 14, 2019. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)


As part of a deployment of six USAF B-52H Stratofortresses to RAF Fairford, four of the giant bombers have made flights around Europe. On March 18, B-52s simulated missions to the Norwegian Sea, the Baltic Sea/Estonia and the Mediterranean Sea/Greece.
Two B-52s, callsigns AERO 13 and 14, flew over the Baltic and one conducted training with NATO Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACS) on the ground. The mission to Greece was supported by a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 100th ARW based out of RAF Mildenhall, from which the aircraft pictured was photographed.
According to US Strategic Command, the purpose of the flights was to conduct theatre familiarisation for aircrew members and to demonstrate commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of US military forces.
The B-52s are part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, and are from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. They arrived at Fairford on March 14-15 and are expected to stay up to three weeks in the UK.

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