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First ever: Bomber Task Force 20-2 integrates with a Royal Netherlands air force F-35

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A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, a Royal Netherlands air force F-35A Lightning II and an F-15C Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing conduct aerial operations in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-2 over the North Sea March 18, 2020. Bomber missions provide opportunities to train and work with NATO allies and theater partners in combined and joint operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)

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A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing and a Royal Netherlands air force F-35A Lightning II conduct aerial operations in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-2 over the North Sea March 18, 2020. Bomber missions provide opportunities to train and work with NATO allies and theater partners in combined and joint operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)

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A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing and a Royal Netherlands air force F-35A Lightning II conduct aerial operations in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-2 over the North Sea March 18, 2020. Bomber missions provide opportunities to train and work with NATO allies and theater partners in combined and joint operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) --

Two B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, operating out of Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, conducted a fifth-generation integration familiarization flight with a Royal Netherlands air force F-35A Lightning II March 18 over the North Sea.

“Conducting interoperability missions between the B-2 and fifth-generation platforms are crucial to enhancing partnership capacity and capability,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. “It demonstrates our ability to deliver decisive, agile and lethal combat power, alongside our NATO allies to any adversary, anytime, across the globe.”

Previously, the aircraft also conducted tactical integration training with Royal Air Force F-35s and Norwegian F-35s. This is the first time that B-2s have integrated with Norwegian and Dutch F-35s.

Airmen from the 509th BW and the 131st BW are deployed to RAF Fairford, to conduct training in a joint environment with partners and allies during this Bomber Task Force rotation which began on March 9.

Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on this website, and on the DVIDS hub at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.

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