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U.S. Air Force B-52s train with Italian air force in Iceland

Release Number: 140319

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., takes off in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe.

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., takes off in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe at RAF Fairford, England, March 21, 2019. BTF operations are developed to provide training opportunities for U.S., allies and partners to operate together in joint environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Philip Bryant)

Two B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force (BTF) in Europe

Two B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force (BTF) in Europe sit parked at RAF Fairford, England. The Bomber Task Force deployment of the B-52s will include joint and allied training further improving bomber interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Philip Bryant)

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., taxis the flight line at RAF Fairford, England.

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., taxis the flight line at RAF Fairford, England. The B-52s are deployed in of support U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force (BTF) in Europe and will include joint and allied training further improving bomber interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Philip Bryant)


Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses conducted flights from RAF Fairford, England, to Iceland on March 26, 2019, to conduct training with Italian air force Typhoon fighter jets supporting the NATO Icelandic Air Surveillance mission.

As Iceland does not have its own national air force, NATO provides a rotational air defense in order to meet Iceland’s national security needs.

While in Iceland, the B-52s conducted training involving simulated surface-to-air strikes.

The northern flights also allowed aircrews to conduct theater familiarization and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces. U.S. Strategic Command regularly tests and evaluates the readiness of strategic assets to ensure we are able to honor our security commitments.

The B-52s, part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, are from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The aircraft arrived in theater on March 14-15 and are temporarily operating out of RAF Fairford.

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