Six US Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic bombers flew over all 30 NATO member states in Europe and North America on August 28.
The single-day mission – known as Operation Allied Sky – took place to demonstrate solidarity across NATO and was used as an opportunity to enhance readiness and provide training opportunities for alliance members. For the operation, the six bombers were split into two teams. The first comprised four B-52s that are currently deployed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, which flew over the European NATO member states. The second team comprised two B-52s from Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, which overflew the US and Canada.