B-2s Deploy to Europe for Training

A1C Austin Sawchuk, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, marshals in a B-2 Spirit on the flight line at RAF Fairford, England, on August 27, 2019. Air Force photo by SSgt. Kayla White.

An undisclosed number of B-2 bombers, airmen, and support equipment recently deployed to Europe for “theater integration and flying training,” the Air Force said Aug. 27.

The bombers and airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo., are operating from RAF Fairford, England—USAFE’s “forward operating location for bombers,” according to a service release.

Three B-2s arrive at RAF Fairford. Video: SSgt. Kristin Cerri/509th Bomb Wing

Air Force Global Strike Command’s bombers regularly deploy to USAFE for training.

Most recently, B-52s from Barksdale AFB, La., deployed to Europe for five weeks this spring. B-2s headed to the same base in June 2017.