Despite the fact that there are bases there, and there’s a war going on in Europe that may end up with the two nations more actively involved in a fight with one another, we don’t get to hear all that much of what’s happening over there, as opposed to the constant flood of info about military movements and exercises taking place elsewhere.
So, having the U.S. Air Force (USAF) publish a photo of one of its airplanes flying over the Arctic is something of an event, one we couldn’t let go unnoticed and not featured in our Photo of the Day section. Especially given how it involves one of the most potent bombers currently in operation, the B-52 Stratofortress.
We see it in this photo published last week by the USAF as it was in mid-March, just a few weeks into the war in Ukraine. The plane, deployed with the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron stationed at Royal Air Force Fairford in the United Kingdom, was there on a routine mission together with undisclosed American allies, in a bid to “demonstrate the bomber’s ability to operate over long ranges.“
On paper, the B-52 can go for distances of 8,800 miles (14,162km) on a single load of fuel, but aerial refueling can, of course, keep it up there for much longer.
As the conflict in Ukraine continues, we’re likely to see even more of the B-52, leaving the long trails of its presence in the sky, but also other high-profile American assets, as all sides try to calm the other through displays of force.