The U.S. Air Force has deployed its B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber aircraft to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility for 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. They belonged to the USAF’s 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
“The deployment of strategic bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers”, said a statement by U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).
“The deployment also includes joint and allied training in Europe to improve bomber interoperability. Training with partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our readiness and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges”, the statement added.