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U.S. Air Force B-52s conduct flights to Iceland and the Netherlands

Release Number: 200319

A B-52 Stratofortress returns to RAF Fairford, England, after flying a sortie over Norway

A B-52 Stratofortress returns to RAF Fairford, England, after flying a sortie over Norway, March 28, 2019. During the flights, five B-52s conducted training with Norwegian F-16 fighter jets. Training with NATO allies like Norway enhances the capabilities and readiness of the alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Three B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., fly a sortie in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe

Three B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., fly a sortie in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe over Norway, March 28, 2019. Forward locations, like RAF Fairford, England where the B-52s are deployed, enable collective defense capabilities and provide the U.S. and NATO the strategic and operational breadth needed to deter adversaries and assure allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

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

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies a sortie in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe over Norway, March 28, 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 Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Capt. Richard “Hash” Brown, 20th Bomb Squadron B-52 Stratofortress pilot deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., looks out a window during a flight.

Capt. Richard “Hash” Brown, 20th Bomb Squadron B-52 Stratofortress pilot deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., looks out a window during a flight over Norway, March 28, 2019. B-52s are capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)


U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft conducted flights from RAF Fairford, England, to Iceland and the Netherlands on March 29, 2019, to conduct theater familiarization and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces.

The strategic bombers, 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.

Bomber training missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 06371-47-6558 or e-mail usafepao.pao@us.af.mil