B-1s, B-2s and B-52s Together at Andersen for First Time Ever
US AIR Force B-1B Lancers, B-2A Spirits and B-52H Stratofortresses are conducting operations together for the first time ever in the US Pacific Command region, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
US Air Force B-52H 60-0033 ‘MT’ from the 5th Bomb Wing/69th Bomb Squadron ‘Knighthawks’at Minot AFB, North Dakota, alongside B-1B Lancer 85-0066 ‘EL’/‘28 BW’ from the 28th Bomb Wing/34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron ‘Thunderbirds’ at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and B-2A 88-0328 ‘WM’/‘Spirit of Mississippi’ from the 509 th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, on the ramp at Andersen AFB, Guam, on August 10. This was the first time ever that all three types had been deployed to Andersen at the same time. USAF/Tech Sgt Richard Ebensberger
As previously reported in AFM, a number of B-1Bs arrived at the base on August 6 to replace the B-52Hs currently carrying out the Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission.
Currently, however, both types are still present during the change-over period and they were joined on August 9 by three B-2As from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. During this short-term Bomber Assurance and Deterrence deployment, the B-2As will conduct local and regional training sorties, and will integrate capabilities with key regional partners, ensuring bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency.
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