Typhoon fighter jets have carried out a training sortie with a US B-1B Lancer bomber over the North Sea, say the Royal Air Force.
According to a news release:
“The US B1B Lancer bomber was conducting a long-range nonstop training sortie from the United States to mainland Europe and back. During the flight, Typhoons from 1(F) Squadron, escorted the US bomber over the North Sea, as it conducted Air to Air Refuelling prior to its return to the US across the Atlantic.
This training sortie was part of regular training activities by the RAF with the US Air Force and our NATO Allies. The B-1B Lancer is a part of the 28th Bomb Wing, based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota and was refuelled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refuelling Wing, which is based at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.”
Group Captain Roger Elliott the Director of the Joint Force Air Component Headquarters that over saw the training sortie said in the above news release:
“These flying missions illustrate what the Royal Air Force is all about; opportunities for the RAF to work together with our NATO Allies developing our understanding of each other’s operating procedures and capabilities. By operating alongside the USAF, we demonstrate our capability, flexibility, and our commitment to NATO.”