In a first-of-its-kind event, an American B-1 bomber landed and refuelled at Bodø Air Base inside the Arctic circle, reports local media.
The Barents Observer reports here that the B-1 that landed in Bodø on March 8th is one of four bombers currently deployed to Ørland Air Station in southern Norway.
“The bombers are for the most training together with the Norwegian Air Force, but joint flights have also taken place with Swedish fighter jets.”
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Late last month, four American B-1B Lancers landed at Ørland airport to train with Norwegian forces.
According to a Norwegian military news release issued late last month:
“This is the first time this type of American aircraft has landed on Norwegian soil. The strategic bombers B-1B Lancers from 7th Bomb Wing Dyes Air Force Base in Texas, will for a period train with Norwegian forces.”
Norway’s defence is completely dependent on support from allies in the event of a crisis or war. Therefore, say the Norwegian military, this training with the US Air Force will provide “good conditions for Allied reception and cooperation also in the future”.