The F-16s from Bodø airbase met the American B-52 outside Andøya in northern Norway and the NATO allies were flying together to just south of the Arctic Circle.
Outside Brønnøysund, the Norwegians turned north to Bodø again, while the B-52 continued on its mission as part of a global operation.
The joint pre-planned training, which took place on May 17, is the first such U.S. – Norwegian flights with B-52 since December 4 last year. In February, March this year, four of the smaller U.S. B-1 strategic bombers were based at Ørland airbase as a first of a kind such basement to southern Norway.
One of the B-1 planes made one landing at Bodø airbase in northern Norway.
This week’s global missions with B-52s took place simultaneously in both Europe and the Indo-Pacific region, as well as in North America, the Public Affairs department of the U.S. Strategic Command informs.
At a press conference for international reporters in Severomorsk last week, Russia’s powerful commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev, in strong words criticized Norway for becoming “the United States bridgehead in the Arctic.” Läs artikel