Bomber Task Force Europe: B-52s join long-range strategic deployment

B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Minot Air Force Base’s 5th Bomb Wing join the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron’s B-1B Lancers to support the Bomber Task Force Europe mission series, Nov. 10, during a targeting mission throughout the North Sea region.

Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber platforms were joined by Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, RAF Lakenheath’s F-15D Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles, and RAF Mildenhall’s KC-135 Stratotankers, combining a force capable of executing super and sub-sonic strike capabilities with a range of conventional and precision guided munitions.

“Our ability to strike air, land, and sea targets with a coalition fighting force goes unmatched,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander. [Also commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command]….

Bomber Task Force rotations have brought all three of U.S. Strategic Command’s strategic bomber assets [B-1s, B-2s, B-52s] to the European and African theater since the mission series began in 2018.The series demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s unique ability to rapidly deploy to unfamiliar airfields and integrate with NATO allies and coalition partners.

U.S. F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles and Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s escort B-1 Lancer Bombers on November 10. Photo: U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa