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U.S. & NATO Aircraft Integrate, Fly Over All 30 NATO Nations

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A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off at Morón Air Base, Spain, May 31, 2021 in support of Bomber Task Force operations. Bomber missions highlight the U.S. military’s ability to conduct integration training with partners and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Aileen Lauer)

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off at Morón Air Base, Spain, May 31, 2021 in support of Bomber Task Force operations. Bomber missions highlight the U.S. military’s ability to conduct integration training with partners and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Aileen Lauer)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, flies alongside a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Forward locations in Europe enable the U.S. Air Force to live, train, and fight with allies and partners. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, flies alongside a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Forward locations in Europe enable the U.S. Air Force to live, train, and fight with allies and partners. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Conducting operations with allies and partners in the European theater strengthens interoperability and relationships in the NATO alliance. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Conducting operations with allies and partners in the European theater strengthens interoperability and relationships in the NATO alliance. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, flies with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, and a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Department of Defense aircraft flew over all 30 NATO nations in one day with support from aircraft from 20 NATO nations. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, flies with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, and a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Department of Defense aircraft flew over all 30 NATO nations in one day with support from aircraft from 20 NATO nations. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Long-range strategic bombers contribute to the stability and security of operations in every theater. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Long-range strategic bombers contribute to the stability and security of operations in every theater. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of U.S. forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in history. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of U.S. forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in history. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 Falcon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. The U.S. Air Force routinely operates across the globe and is flexible and agile to respond to the changes in the operational environment. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Danish Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 Falcon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. The U.S. Air Force routinely operates across the globe and is flexible and agile to respond to the changes in the operational environment. (Courtesy photo by the Royal Danish Air Force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by two Belgian air force F-16 Falcon aircraft during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Operations and engagements with allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen the shared commitment to global security and stability. (Courtesy photo by the Belgian air force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by two Belgian air force F-16 Falcon aircraft during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. Operations and engagements with allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen the shared commitment to global security and stability. (Courtesy photo by the Belgian air force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Belgian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. The one-day mission highlighted U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance by flying over all 30 NATO member nations and integrating with aircraft from 20 allied nations. (Courtesy photo by the Belgian air force)

A B-52H Stratofortress operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, is escorted by a Belgian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Bomber Task Force Europe mission Allied Sky, May 31, 2021. The one-day mission highlighted U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance by flying over all 30 NATO member nations and integrating with aircraft from 20 allied nations. (Courtesy photo by the Belgian air force)


For the second time in a Bomber Task Force rotation, U.S. Air Force strategic aircraft will fly a mission over all 30 NATO allied nations in North America and Europe on May 31, 2021.

B-52H Stratofortress aircraft currently deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, and U.S. based aircraft are scheduled to fly with more than 20 NATO allies in a single day across the two combatant commands.

Operation Allied Sky demonstrates our shared commitment to NATO solidarity, enhances readiness and provides training opportunities aimed at enhancing interoperability for all participating aircrews from the U.S. and our NATO allies. Allied Sky is the latest iteration of routine BTF missions that have occurred in the European theater of operations since 2018, with more than 200 sorties coordinated with allies and partners.

Strategic bombers contribute to stability around the world, as they are intended to deter conflict rather than instigate it. If called upon, U.S. aircraft offer rapid response capabilities at any time and in any theater.

 Allied Sky will be conducted in two parts:

  • European Leg: B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft currently deployed to Morón Air Base Spain, will fly over all NATO nations in Europe. During the mission, the bombers will complete aerial refueling and integrate with several ally aircraft.
  • North American Leg: The stateside-based aircraft will integrate with aircraft from the U.S. and Canada while flying over both nations.                 

KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, will support this large-force event. The 100th ARW is the only permanent USAF air refueling wing in Europe, extending the reach of U.S. and NATO aircraft in Europe and beyond.

“Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in our history,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, NATO Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander. “Today’s mission is an awesome demonstration of NATO air superiority and together there is no challenge we cannot tackle.”

NATO nations scheduled to participate in the mission and integrate with U.S. aircraft include Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the U.K.

Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective defense of NATO and contribute to stability in the European theater. Our ability to quickly respond and assure allies and partners rests upon the fact that we are here, in Europe, forward and ready.

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