B-52s Return From Deployment to Europe

Airmen deployed from Barksdale AFB, La., gather around a B-52 Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, England, on March 14, 2019. Air Force photo by A1C Tessa B. Corrick.

B-52s began to return to Barksdale AFB, La., on Friday after almost one month of training alongside allies across Europe and northern Africa.

Six B-52s, from the 2nd Bomb Wing, deployed to RAF Fairford, England, in mid-March.

The bombers flew training missions in several European and African countries, including Iceland, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, and Morocco.

During these missions, the bombers trained alongside host nation air forces and ground controllers.

Some aircraft began to fly back to Louisiana on Friday with the rest expected to leave Saturday.

While these bombers were in Europe, B-52s from Minot AFB, N.D., were deployed to the Pacific as part of the Air Force’s continuous bomber presence, and for the first time in a long time USAF had no bombers deployed to US Central Command.