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B-2 Spirits deploy to Europe, join B-52s and B-1s at RAF Fairford

Release Number: 060617

RAF Fairford, U.K. - Two B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, to demonstrate the flexible global-strike capability.

The B-2s will be joining three B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and three B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, which are deployed to RAF Fairford to participate in U.S. European Command’s exercises. Although not participating in ongoing regional exercises, the B-2s are briefly joining the other Air Force Global Strike Command assets in support of recurring bomber assurance and deterrence operations.

This deployment marks the first time all three bomber aircraft have been in the European theater at the same time.

This short-term deployment of B-2s ensures bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and will provide opportunities to integrate capabilities with regional partners. It is part of the United States’ commitment to supporting global security.

For more information regarding B-2 Spirit operations related to this deployment, contact USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs at usafepao.pao@us.af.mil.