A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland on August 28 marking the type’s first ever landing in Iceland.
The aircraft that conducted the historic visit was assigned to the USAF’s 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. While in Iceland Airmen from Whiteman conducted hot-pit refueling, which is a method of refueling an aircraft without shutting down the engines.
“The use of strategic bombers in Iceland helps exercise Naval Air Station Keflavik as a forward location for the B-2, ensuring that it is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend the U.S. and its allies in an increasingly complex security environment” said an Air Force statement.
It was announced earlier this week that the U.S. Air Force has deployed three of its B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bombers to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility to conduct theater integration and flying training. The aircraft, along with Airmen and support equipment, arrived at the Royal Air Force base of RAF Fairford, England on August 27.