Russiαn Panic: Two US B-52 Laden Missiles, Two KC-10s, And Three KC-135s Suddenly Enter The wαr Zone
Coalition and regional partner air forces joined two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bσмbers, two KC-10 Extender tankers and three KC-135 Stratotanker tankers on a presence patrol mission across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on June 8, 2022.
ᴛʜᴇ ʙσмʙᴇʀ’s ғʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴏʀɪɢɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴍɪɴᴏᴛ ᴀɪʀ ғᴏʀᴄᴇ ʙᴀsᴇ, ɴᴏʀᴛʜ ᴅᴀᴋᴏᴛᴀ, ᴀɴᴅ ғʟᴇᴡ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴀsᴛ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴛᴇʀʀᴀɴᴇᴀɴ, ᴀʀᴀʙɪᴀɴ ᴘᴇɴɪɴsᴜʟᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇᴅ sᴇᴀ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ᴅᴇᴘᴀʀᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇɢɪᴏɴ.
“ᴘʀᴇsᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴘᴀᴛʀᴏʟs, ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ’s, sʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴛᴇᴅ sᴛᴀᴛᴇs’ ᴄᴏɴᴛɪɴᴜᴇᴅ ᴄᴏᴍᴍɪᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴏᴘᴇʀᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴜʀ ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇɢɪᴏɴ,” ᴀɪʀ ғᴏʀᴄᴇ ʟᴛ. ɢᴇɴ. ɢʀᴇɢ ɢᴜɪʟʟᴏᴛ, ɴɪɴᴛʜ ᴀɪʀ ғᴏʀᴄᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴀɴᴅᴇʀ, sᴀɪᴅ. “ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ʜɪɢʜʟʏ ᴄᴏᴏʀᴅɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴇғғᴏʀᴛs ᴅᴇᴍᴏɴsᴛʀᴀᴛᴇ ᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴍʙɪɴᴇᴅ ᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇ ɢʟᴏʙᴀʟ ʀᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴊᴏɪɴᴛ sᴇᴄᴜʀɪᴛʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇɢɪᴏɴ.”
The number of joint and regional partners participating as well as the long duration of the U.S.-based mission, which demonstrated U.S. capabilities to rapidly respond to threats worldwide, makes the flow of air power during this presence patrol particularly significant.
The nine-hour presence patrol flew into the U.S Central Command area of responsibility, flying over the Red Sea and rejoining with partner nation aircraft along the flight path before departing the region.
The B-52 aircraft and crew are assigned to 5th Bσмb Wing, Minot AFB and flew the mission under the mission set of Air Force Global Strike Command’s bσмber task force.