Two U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers have taken off from RAF Fairford in the UK for a night-time mission over Europe.

The two bomber aircraft, callsigns CHIEF11 and CHIEF12, took off from RAF Fairford tonight.

The aircraft arrived in the UK earlier this week. In an audio clip, Typhoon jets can be heard to welcome American B-52 aircraft to the United Kingdom whilst over the coast of western Scotland.

Typhoon jets welcome American B-52 bombers to Britain

B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, support equipment, and personnel from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, arrived at RAF Fairford, England, earlier this week to execute a long-planned Bomber Task Force mission. Bomber Task Force missions are regularly scheduled U.S. European Command and U.S. Strategic Command joint mission series.

According to a statement:

“En route to RAF Fairford, U.S. Bomber Aircraft integrated with British Typhoon aircraft and Portuguese F-16s currently assigned to NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing mission. Bomber aircraft also integrated with British Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) to conduct bilateral Close Air Support training.  The mission focused on enhancing readiness and interoperability for the controllers responsible for coordinating airstrikes to support ground forces. Regularly integrating with our allies improves our cooperation and operational capacity, capability and interoperability. Occurring since 2018, bomber rotations through Europe maintain our readiness to execute a wide variety of missions across two continents, sustaining peace through deterrence.”

American B-52 bombers practice bombing over Scotland

“With an ever-changing global security environment, it’s critical that our efforts with our allies and partners are unified,” said Gen Jeff Harrigian, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander.

“We’re in Europe training and collaborating together, because consistent integration is how we strengthen our collective airpower.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Robert Billington
Robert Billington
1 month ago

The Mother Country seems indispensable doesn’t she…

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago

The “unsinkable aircraft carrier”…

Robert Billington
Robert Billington
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Ha ha very true, Airstrip One!

maurice10
maurice10
1 month ago

Hence the change of policy in regards to Mildenhall. Apart from the obvious geographical advantages, Britain holds very similar political objectives with the US, even if woke minds are appalled by such a concept.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

It’s quite an eerie thought, reminiscent of the Lancasters taking off for bombing missions over Europe. Time to start digging an air raid shelter in the garden!

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Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Might as well watch Threads 1984 to prepare more effectively. https://archive.org/details/threads_201712

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

A very sobering thought indeed as I recall.

eclipse
eclipse
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

B-52s are hardly defensive weapons… makes one fear what the West is planning in the case of a Russian invasion and hope that it is a bluff…

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  eclipse

Something I’d be in favour of for the RAF, a very useful addition to our arsenal. “Outfitting cargo aircraft with a palletized standoff-weapons capability also promises to be far cheaper than fielding additional bombers, making this an even more attractive concept at a time when budgets are stretched. “These Rapid Dragon deployments represent the first end-to-end demonstration of a palletized strike mission, from rolling missile pallets onto an aircraft to in-flight missile release,” said Scott Callaway, Lockheed Martin Advanced Strike Programs director, of the tests at White Sands. “They are a big step toward showing the feasibility of the palletized… Read more »

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

This was very interesting too.

China constructs fake US warships for potential target practice, images show

https://nypost.com/2021/11/08/china-builds-fake-us-warships-for-potential-target-practice/

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Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

I wonder if we will see the common sense in this approach and follow suit?

Japan’s ATLA outlines development of Type 12 surface-to-ship missiles
“Janes previously reported that the MoD planned to extend the missile system’s range from an estimated 200 km to 1,000 km, and also enable its launch from ships and aircraft.”

David_s
David_s
1 month ago
Reply to  eclipse

Si qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum…vel saltem B52s calefieri.

Don t
Don t
1 month ago
Reply to  David_s

Pax Boeinga?

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

That’s an Anderson shelter. They were issued to householders across the country in 1937-1939 and saved thousands of lives during the blitz. We would have to make them from German rolled steel now – and Wallace would probably have to scrap something to pay for them

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

lol

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

It’s alright for you I live in a flat lol

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

lol 😂

Ned Hamson
Ned Hamson
1 month ago

Too risky a move in my opinion.

Arnfinn Rong
Arnfinn Rong
1 month ago

Love the B-52 Stratofortress Bombers, absolute love them. Nixon used these on the Communists in 1973 when, having stalled the Paris peacetalks and upscaling their war of aggression against America since 1969, Nixon righteously let all hell loose on them, and gained “PEACE WITH HONOUR” in Vietnam, with “Operation Linebacker II”. I am Norwegian, and grew up in Norway in the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, protected by America from the evil Communist.

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
1 month ago

A better call-sign that the previous “Hate”

Uncle Stuka
Uncle Stuka
1 month ago

Get those Big Sticks in the air ! But talk softly about them .

Anthony Phillips
Anthony Phillips
1 month ago

CHIEF12 just returning to base now, they just overflew Barry Docks on their way back from a quick trip to the western Med.

David Morrow
David Morrow
1 month ago

The only complaint I have, being in cumbria (solway firth area we only seem to get aircraft wise is the F15s, Typhoons, hawks, texans etc. No F35s, could it be possible for low flying day and night please, plus any other types are welcome in vast quantities.

Louis
Louis
1 month ago
Reply to  David Morrow

You’re lucky! In London all we get are Chinooks and the occasional Wildcats and Apaches. The best I’ve seen is three Chinooks together.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Louis

I’m in Surrey. Snap! And David complains! 😜

George A Rix
George A Rix
1 month ago
Reply to  Louis

Years ago 45 helicopters went past! We do get the really big fly-overs though.

louis
louis
1 month ago
Reply to  George A Rix

That is true, it must have been a few years ago when the RAF did a massive flyover, I remember seeing a dozen typhoons and a few of pretty much everything else in the RAFs inventory.

George A Rix
George A Rix
1 month ago
Reply to  louis

Sound like the RAF 100th birthday. This was actually many years before with the 45 helicopters, there was nothing but helicopters of all sorts…never seen anything like it.