U.S. long-range strategic bombers were flying a Memorial Day mission over all 30 NATO countries in Europe and North America, officials said Monday.
The B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, deployed to Moron Air Base, Spain, were expected to fly with aircraft from more than 20 allies, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said in a statement. It’s the second time a bomber task force deployed to Europe has conducted such a mission since the U.S. began deploying bombers to the region in 2018, USAFE said. The mission is called “Operation Allied Sky.”
“Today’s mission is an awesome demonstration of NATO air superiority,” Gen. Jeff Harrigian, NATO Allied Air Command and USAFE-AFAFRICA commander, said in Monday’s statement.
The U.S. Air Force’s eight-engine bombers, based out of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., arrived at Moron Air Base two weeks ago. Four B-52s from the 2nd Bomb Wing and over 200 personnel deployed on a short-notice tasker, Air Force Maj. Marisa King, 96th Bomber Task Force director of operations, said in a video statement last week. Läs artikel