USAF B-52 bombers operating from RAF Fairford

Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on May 30, 2024, the cool video in this post features onlookers gathering to see B-52 Stratofortress bombers at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford.

‘Four United States Air Force B-52H Stratofortress long range bombers have arrived at RAF Fairford United Kingdom from Minot AFB in North Dakota. The bombers are part of the Department of Defense’s Large Scale Global Exercise 2024 series throughout June,’ Phillips said.

US Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers belonging to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base (AFB) arrived at RAF Fairford, in the UK, for a routine bomber task force deployment, on May 20, 2024.

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Large Scale Global Exercise 2024

As told by 1st Lt Joseph Hark, US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs, in the article US bombers deploy to Royal Air Force Fairford for latest European bomber task force, while deployed, the unit will operate as the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron under the banner of Bomber Task Force Europe 24-3. Throughout the deployment, USAF Airmen and aircraft will integrate with NATO Allies and other international partners to synchronize capabilities and assure security commitments across the US European Command area of responsibility.

The US routinely demonstrates its commitment to NATO Allies and partners through BTF missions. Through these missions, US Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa enables dynamic force employment in the European theater, providing strategic predictability and assurance for Allies and partners while contributing to deterrence by introducing greater operational unpredictability for potential adversaries.

BTF 24-3 also falls under Large Scale Global Exercise 2024, an umbrella term used to connect military operations across multiple combatant commands. LSGE24 enables US Joint Forces to train with Allies and partners and improve shared understanding, trust, and interoperability on security challenges across the globe.

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The B-52 Stratofortress

The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.

In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations.

For almost 70 years, B-52s have been the backbone of the strategic bomber force for the United States. The B-52 is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the US inventory. Updated with modern technology, the B-52 is capable of delivering the full complement of joint developed weapons and will continue into the 21st century as an important element of our nation’s defenses. The Air Force currently expects to operate B-52s through 2050.