For the first ever, all three of the US Air Force Global Strike Command bombers have gathered at a single airfield in Fairford, United Kingdom for BALTOPS — a large scale NATO exercise meant to demonstrate capability and deter Russian aggression.
On the left, the B-1B is the Air Force’s only non-nuclear capable bomber. In the center is the B-2 Spirit bomber, and on the right, the B-52, which has been in constant service for over five decades.
The bombers will carry out training missions with sea, land, and additional air assets across eastern Europe.
Nuclear-capable and heavy bombers represent the most visible leg of the US’s nuclear triad, and are often deployed to a region to deter aggression and promote stability. Previously, all three bombers were pictured together in Guam.
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