Spangdahlem refuels BTF bombers with VIPER kit for first time

Two B-1B Lancers from Dyess Air Force Base’s 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, currently operating from Royal Air Force Fairford, England, conducted hot-pit refueling using the innovative Versatile Integrated Partner Equipment Refueling (VIPER) kit, at Spangdahlem AB Oct. 11.

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Spangdahlem AB employed the VIPER kit by refueling B-1s participating in Bomber Task Force – Europe 22-1, following NATO allied integration during an operation in the Baltic Region. This marks the first time the refueling system was used outside of F-16 Fighting Falcons in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa theatre.

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Spangdahlem support to a BTF mission sustains the European Defense Initiative’s objective to actively develop new warfighting concepts to be employed alongside U.S. allies and partners throughout the European theatre.