Two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft operating out of RAF Fairford, UK conducted an Icelandic Air Policing mission on March 16.
The flight included integration and interoperability training with F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and F-15 Eagle aircraft from the USAF 48th Fighter Wing “Grim Reapers” at RAF Lakenheath.
The bombers which participated in the mission were assigned to the USAF 509th Bomb Wing and Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
“The world expects that NATO and the U.S. continue to execute our mission with decisiveness, regardless of any external challenge,” said U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian. “Missions like these provide us an opportunity to assure our allies while sending a clear message to any adversary that no matter the challenge, we are ready.”
Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing are deployed to RAF Fairford, U.K., to conduct training in a joint environment with partners and allies during this BTF rotation which began on March 9.