The United States Air Force landed several bomber aircraft at RAF Fairford this week as part of ongoing training operations with NATO partners in Europe.
One B-52 Stratofortress from the 307th Bomb Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, deployed to RAF Fairford on Wednesday 31 August after participating in the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) at the Sliač Air Base in Slovakia on 27 August.
While at RAF Fairford, Airmen from the 307th Bomb Wing will participate in Exercise Ample Strike 16 – an annual Czech Republic-led exercise with 300 participants from 18 countries scheduled for September 5-16. During Ample Strike, the B-52, and Airmen from 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Vilseck, Germany will be involved in day and night time operations designed to improve NATO and partner nation interoperability.
According to a press release from the 501st Combat Support Wing, who maintain and operate from RAF Fairford; “participation in these premier events highlights the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of Europe and demonstrates that U.S. industry is producing equipment that will be critical to the success of current and future military operations.”
Also scaring the local wildlife with a cacophony of noise was a B-1 bomber, a four-engine supersonic aircraft used by the United States Air Force and also engaged in Exercise Ample Strike 16.