The instance was snapped from an unidentified airplane as it was on an undisclosed Bomber Task Force operation. These are "predetermined deployments with NATO partners and allies to demonstrate and strengthen the shared commitment to global security and stability," according to the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
The Alps are Europe’s highest and most extensive mountain range. They cross eight countries (France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia), and at their highest (Mont Blanc), measure 4,809 m (15,778 feet). In fact, the range has no less than 128 peaks that reach above the 4,000-meter (13,123-feet) threshold.
With those numbers in mind, it’s easy to understand why even the beast with eight engines hanging by the wings is just a spec of dust on nature’s playground.
With all the horrors taking place in Ukraine, the Stratofortress seems to be popping up more and more often in USAF’s releases. The Big Ugly Fat Fella made its comeback to Europe just a week or so before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Simple math shows that, if need be, these bombers could easily reach any targets on this Earth – the thing’s range is rated at 8,800 miles (over 14,000 km), but that's before aerial refueling.