Rumours USAF B-52 bombers will arrive at RAF Fairford this week

A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber
A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber lands at RAF Fairford back in August 2022 -Credit:SWNS

There is speculation that huge B52 US bombers could be flying to Gloucestershire this week. The rumoured arrival of USAF B52s has set internet forums alight.

While nothing is ever confirmed ahead of aircraft arrivals, many of the internet groups have a good track record of knowing when the United States Air Force is sending planes to RAF Fairford. People are suggesting this Thursday (May 23) as the most likely date - although today (Monday) has also been rumoured.

Fairford operates jointly as one of the USAF's European air bases. Iconic B-52 Stratofortress planes have been regular visitors to the Cotswolds base in recent years.

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They were also present at the 2023 Royal International Air Tattoo and in September 2023, two of the bombers were diverted to RAF Fairford due to an issue with French air traffic control. The mighty war birds had to fly around the West Country to burn off fuel so they could land without chute assistance.

Sometimes known as a BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fella), the US Air Force bomber is one of the oldest models in duty, having made its first flight 1952. Its name origin is simple - the 'B' in its name stands for bomber, and its first flight was made in 1952.

The Boeing website states that the jet "primarily provides the United States with immediate nuclear and conventional global strike capability". We'll bring you any updates as we get them.

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