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U.S. Air Force B-52s deploy to Europe

B-52 Stratofortress

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lands on the flightline in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force (BTF) in Europe at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, March 14, 2019. Missions like the BTF in Europe are held in different geographic locations to familiarize aircrew and other Airmen with bases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

This U.S. Air Force Bombers in Europe poster provides details regarding the capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress.

This U.S. Air Force Bombers in Europe poster provides details regarding the capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Global Strike Command)


A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, have arrived in the U.S. European Command area of operations for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training, March 14.

The aircraft will operate out of RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. The deployment of strategic bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as United States Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers.

The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the U.S. European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.


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