USAF B-2 stealth bombers return to Europe

USAF B-2 bombers return Europe
USAF B-2 stealth bombers return to Europe.

USAFE annunced that a Bomber Task Force of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft from the 509th Bomb Wing and the 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Base, Missouri, arrived at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, on Mar. 8, 2020 for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training.

The aircraft were escorted by KC-10 Extenders from 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst who provided them with air refueling to support transit across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Spirits will operate out of various military installations in the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility. Strategic bomber deployments to Europe provide theater familiarization for aircrew members and demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners.

"Integrating with our NATO allies and theater partner nations, as well as other U.S. Air Force and joint units, contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges," USAFE says.

The 65th Air Base Group at Lajes Field is strategically located to provide support in combat operations by enabling the expeditionary movement of war fighters, warplanes and global communications to combatant commanders and supporting Joint, Coalitions, and NATO operations.

A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sits on the flight line of Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, on March 8, 2020.
(USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White).

Source: USAFE

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