Allied Air Command
August 29, 2022

B-52s brought under NATO command for the first time during mission over Romania

U.S. B-52s came under NATO command and control for the first time ever during a Bomber Task Force training mission over Romania working out offensive and defensive manoeuvres with Allied fighters.

The Allied aircraft from Canada, Romania and France practiced fighter-bomber escort procedures and bi-lateral communication on the long-range mission flying from the United Kingdom to Romania and the Black Sea Region. Then the aircraft conducted a range of simulated offensive strikes and defensive manoeuvres to support flying training objectives and interoperability between Allied aircraft and crews. The bomber aircraft came under command and control of NATO’s Combined Operations Centres Torrejón and Uedem for the duration of the mission.

Photograph: NATO Allied Air Command