Where huge USAF B52 bombers flew on latest mission from RAF Fairford

A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers landing at RAF Fairford
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Two B52 Stratofortress bombers from the US Air Force's 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron embarked on a journey from their base at RAF Fairford to the Eastern Mediterranean this week.. This mission was part of a long-planned bilateral international training exercise under the auspices of Bomber Task Force 24-3.

The bombers integrated with fighter aircraft from the Royal Air Force and French Air Force in the Eastern Mediterranean before making their return to their temporary base in the Cotswolds on Tuesday. The arrival in Gloucestershire airspace coincided with a flight over the county by a RAF Eurofighter.

Three bombers arrived at the end of last month for another of their regular deployments to the county. Bomber Task Force missions enable dynamic force employment in the European theatre, providing strategic predictability for Allies and partners while also introducing an element of operational unpredictability for potential adversaries, according to US Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa.

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The USAF says such bilateral training exercises contribute to cooperation and shared defence in the region. Allies and partner nations seize every opportunity to train together, refining tactics, techniques, and procedures to improve interoperability.

The Bomber Task Force 24-3 is part of the Large Scale Global Exercise 2024, a term that encompasses dozens of separate exercises and military activities under multiple combatant commands. This allows US forces to train with Allies and partners, improving shared understanding, trust, and interoperability on security challenges.