U.S. Air Force B-52s Integrate with Ukrainian Fighters

Three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters Friday inside Ukraine’s airspace.



By U.S. European Command Public Affairs United States European Command Stuttgart, Germany Sep 04, 2020
8 photos: BTF Europe-Ukraine Mission
Photo 1 of 8: A U.S. B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, integrate with Ukraine SU-27's for a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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Photo 2 of 8: A Ukraine SU-27 integrates with a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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Photo 3 of 8: A Ukraine SU-27 integrates with a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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8 photos: BTF Europe-Ukraine Mission
Photo 4 of 8: A U.S. B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, is preparing for a preflight check before a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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Photo 5 of 8: U.S. B-52H Stratofortress aircrew assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, prepares the aircraft before a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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8 photos: BTF Europe-Ukraine Mission
Photo 6 of 8: U.S. B-52H Stratofortress aircrew assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, load equipment in preparation for a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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8 photos: BTF Europe-Ukraine Mission
Photo 7 of 8: U.S. B-52H Stratofortress aircrew assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, load equipment in preparation for a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 4, 2020. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)
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Photo 8 of 8: A B-52H Stratofortress takes off form the flightline at RAF Fairford, England, Aug. 31, 2020. The U.S. and Europe must preserve their mutual commitment and trust to each other as they face emerging forces and evolving strategic challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jesse Jenny)
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Three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters Friday inside Ukraine’s airspace.

Friday’s strategic bomber mission is part of the long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. The mission provided partners valuable midair training. In addition, the mission demonstrated how forward-located aircraft and crews, such as those in the B-52 units, enable collective defense capabilities and provide the U.S., NATO Allies and partners strategic and operational breadth to deter Russia and assure Allies and partners.

More than 200 related missions have been conducted since the Bomber Task Force launched operations in the European theater two years ago. These ongoing bomber missions showcase the U.S. Air Force’s ability to continually execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support Allies and partners across Europe, regardless of external challenges to include the current global COVID-19 crisis response.

Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on the U.S. European Command website and on DVIDS at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.

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