When it comes to the bomber fleet, the U.S. relies on the so-called Bomber Trifecta, comprising the B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit. A large fleet of tankers back both fighters and bombers in their missions.
The USAF makes no secret of its superiority, and oftentimes releases images of its aircraft in action. It rarely manages to capture in a single pic the full essence of its overwhelming power, but when it does, like in the image we have here, the results are truly spectacular.
What you’re looking at is a still from exercise Koolendong 22, held over the Royal Australia Air Force Base (RAAF) Curtin Down Under in mid-July, and recently published by the military branch. It shows two B-2 Spirits, flying for the 509th Bomb Wing out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, flanked by two F-35A Lightning IIs flown by the RAAF. Before them flies the unspecified aircraft from which the photo was taken.
The planes were on a combined and joint force training exercise “focused on expeditionary advanced base operations,” but to these eyes they are the perfect expression of what the skies of the world would look like should America choose to go to full-scale war.