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U.S. Air Force B-52s arrive at RAF Fairford

Release Number: 010918

A B-52 Stratofortress makes its final approach before touching down at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018. The jet arrived from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and is in the U.K. as part of the Air Force’s bomber task force operations. Such operations are routinely conducted to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to allies and partners in the region and enhance readiness to respond to any contingencies around the globe. They also provide opportunities to work with allies and partners in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

A B-52 Stratofortress makes its final approach before touching down at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018. The jet arrived from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and is in the U.K. as part of the Air Force’s bomber task force operations. Such operations are routinely conducted to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to allies and partners in the region and enhance readiness to respond to any contingencies around the globe. They also provide opportunities to work with allies and partners in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base arrives at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018. The jet is in the U.K. in support of AMPLE STRIKE 18, a Czech-led exercise involving 19 NATO allies and partners. The exercise is designed to test interoperability with Joint Terminal Air Controllers from multiple countries. Citizen Reserve Airmen and their active-duty counterparts from multiple units are working together at RAF Fairford to support bomber operations during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base arrives at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018. The jet is in the U.K. in support of AMPLE STRIKE 18, a Czech-led exercise involving 19 NATO allies and partners. The exercise is designed to test interoperability with Joint Terminal Air Controllers from multiple countries. Citizen Reserve Airmen and their active-duty counterparts from multiple units are working together at RAF Fairford to support bomber operations during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)


A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 307th Bomb Wing and 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, has arrived at RAF Fairford, England, to conduct theater integration and flying training.

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.

While in theater, the bomber aircraft are also scheduled to participate in exercise Ample Strike 2018 and NATO Days.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 06371-405-1795 or e-mail usafepao.pao@us.af.mil or usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.