B‑52s Fly Over All NATO Member Nations in One Day

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Six B‑52s on Aug. 28 over­flew all North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations, both in Europe and in North America, as part of a mis­sion called “Allied Sky” that was designed to “demon­strate NATO sol­i­dar­i­ty.”

Four B‑52s deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, flew over European member nations, while two B‑52s from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., flew over the U.S. and Canada. All of the bombers are part of Minot’s 5th Bomb Wing.

“U.S. secu­ri­ty com­mit­ments to the NATO Alliance remain iron­clad,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, com­man­der of U.S. European Command, in a release. “Today’s bomber task force mis­sion is anoth­er exam­ple of how the Alliance sus­tains readi­ness, improves inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, and demon­strates our abil­i­ty to deliv­er on com­mit­ments from across the Atlantic.”                           

As part of the mis­sion, the bombers linked up with other nations’ fight­er and refu­el­ing air­craft. Participating coun­tries includ­ed: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Joint flights are designed to enhance “inter­op­er­abil­i­ty for all par­tic­i­pat­ing air­crews from the U.S. and NATO allies,” accord­ing to the release.

Some of the nations shared pho­tographs of allied air­craft along­side the B‑52s. All told, about 80 NATO fight­er air­craft par­tic­i­pat­ed.

“Today’s train­ing event demon­strates the United States’ pow­er­ful com­mit­ment to NATO, and Allied sol­i­dar­i­ty in action,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. “As U.S. bombers over­fly all 30 NATO Allies in a single day, they are being accom­pa­nied by fight­er jets from across the Alliance, boost­ing our abil­i­ty to respond togeth­er to any chal­lenge. Training events like this help ensure that we fulfil our core mis­sion: to deter aggres­sion, pre­vent con­flict, and pre­serve peace.”

The bombers deployed to Fairford on Aug. 21, and imme­di­ate­ly flew with Norwegian air­craft. On Aug. 27, two B‑52s trained with French Mirage and United Kingdom Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fight­ers, with French KC-135 and RAF Voyager air­craft pro­vid­ing refu­el­ing, accord­ing to a U.S. Air Forces in Europe release

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