USAF B-52 bombers RAF Fairford
USAF B-52 bombers arrive at RAF Fairford.

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, Sept. 5, 2018.

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.

They are currently involved in the 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. The Czech-exercise also involves USAF F-16 fighters.

This marks the second USAF B-52 deployment in Europe this year. In January four B-52s from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, were deployed to RAF Fairford (More details here).

Source, Images: USAFE

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