USAF bombers conduct training flights with US F-15s and UK F-35s over North Sea

B-2 formation F-15 F-35
A B-2A Spirit bomber assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing leads a delta formation consisting of two F-15C Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing and two Royal Air Force F-35B Lightnings as they conduct aerial operations over the North Sea.

On September 17, 2019, the USAFE released some amazing pics showing a B-2A Spirit bomber assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, at the head of a delta formation consisting of two F-15C Eagles assigned to RAF Lakenheath, UK, and two Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to RAF Marham, UK, as they conduct training flights over international waters in the vicinity of the Norwegian Sea.

The mission also included a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to Mildenhall Air Force Base, UK, that took care of refueling the aircraft in the long route outside their home.

The B-2 aircraft, part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, are from the 509th Bomb Wing. The aircraft arrived in theater on August 27, and are temporarily operating out of RAF Fairford, England. The deployment of stealth bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward training location for bombers.

“Bomber Task Force missions represent our ability to project air power around the globe and provide an opportunity to train and integrate with our allies and partners in the region,” said Lt. Gen. Steven L. Basham, deputy commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. “These missions are key to proving the combat capability of the aircraft, while also serving as an important symbol of assurance for our allies, and deterrence against potential adversaries.”

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Images: USAF/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew

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