Four U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrived at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2024, to commence Bomber Task Force (BTF) Europe 24-3, according to a press release.

BTF missions,s ay the U.S. Air Force, enable U.S. joint forces to train with Allies and partners to improve shared understanding, trust, and interoperability.

The deployment to Europe aims to build on the Trans-Atlantic bond between the U.S. and European Allies. Demonstrating the commitment to the Alliance, the bombers provide strategic predictability and assurance for Allies and partners while contributing to deterrence by introducing greater operational unpredictability for potential adversaries.

“Landing at Royal Air Force Base Fairford, United Kingdom, May 20, 2024, a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress demonstrates the ability to forward posture strategic bombers within the European theatre enabling critical touchpoints with NATO Allies,” the release noted.

The regular and routine deployments of U.S. strategic bombers provide critical touch points to train and operate alongside Allies while bolstering a collective response to any global threat.

According to the release, BTF 24-3 will demonstrate agility in a dynamic security environment and global strike capabilities in support of assurance and deterrence objectives, also in a NATO context, with a focus on the Baltic region.

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Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_821423)
1 month ago

Oh dear 🤔 better go to my for opening time I guess 🍺 🇬🇧

Dennis Reeves
Dennis Reeves (@guest_821424)
1 month ago

They pop in and out of RAF Fairford all the time…..

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_821428)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dennis Reeves

So plenty of time then 🤗 👍

FormerUSAF (@guest_821541)
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Whew, four rather than fourteen, or God forbid, twenty-four BUFFs. 😉 Everyone can relax and breathe, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have not ridden in, yet. 😉😁

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_821597)
1 month ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

🤗 🇺🇸🇬🇧 👍

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman (@guest_821723)
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Good job someone has bombers……

Stephen H
Stephen H (@guest_822258)
1 month ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

How many flew in to Fairford?


  1. Pestilence, 2. Civil Strife, 3. War, and 4. Death, who rides a pale horse!

The Four Horsemen may have just arrived!

Chris Hevey
Chris Hevey (@guest_821694)
1 month ago

I just happened to see two of these on flightradar flying over Northampton. I tracked them as they flew to our new NATO pal Sweden. They made several “up your’s Vladimir” circuits off the coast at Stockholm before flying back. I hear they are getting Rolls Royce engine replacements soon to extend their range and make them quieter etc. Oh, and potentially extend their lifespan to getting on for 100 years. Amazing planes.