Airfield Activity at RAF Fairford Autumn 2017


Three B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, 300 Airmen and support equipment have recently arrived to RAF Fairford, to conduct theatre integration and training. The aircraft and personnel have come from the 2nd Bomb Wing located at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. During their time at RAF Fairford, they will conduct flight operations and integration to improve bomber interoperability, training alongside allied nations and joint partners.

RAF Fairford serves as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers. The strong and strategic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom ensures a collective defense posture that is ready and prepared to respond to and support global operations. These specific events enable theatre integration and training with U.S. joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units, which enhances global bomber interoperability.

While there will be a temporary increase in noise levels, personnel and activity at RAF Fairford over the next several weeks, the U.S. Air Force will respect local quiet hours and minimize impacts to the surrounding community as much as possible, while meeting operational requirements. The U.S. Air Force is grateful for the hospitality of the local community and the U.K. as hosts.

The most recent Ample Strike exercise involved two B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 7th Bomb Wing and two B-52 Stratofortress from the 307th Bomb Wing, Air Force Reserve Command. Exercise Ample Strike 2017 was a Czech Republic led multi-National exercise involving 19 participants, aimed at increasing proficiency and improving standardization and interoperability across NATO allies and partners. Participating nations included Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States.  The U.S. Air Force’s forward presence in Europe allows them to work with allies and partners to develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional security. 

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