Three USAF B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters Friday inside Ukraine’s airspace.
Filmed on Sep. 4, 2020, the cool video in this post features three USAF B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft, assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, ND out of RAF Fairford, UK, integrating with Ukrainian Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft near the Sea of Azov, inside Ukraine’s airspace, in support of Bomber Task Force exercise.
According to EUCOM news release, 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 US, 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 US 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.
Film Credits: U.S. Air Force Video by Tech. Sgt. James Cason, 1st Combat Camera Squadron — U.S. Air Force Video by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro, 1st Combat Camera Squadron