Coalition and regional associate air forces joined a U.S. Air Power B-52H Stratofortress and two F-22 Raptors on a presence patrol mission throughout the U.S. Central Command space of accountability on March 29. The bomber’s flight originated at Royal Air Power Fairford, England, and flew over the East Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, and the Purple Sea earlier than departing the area. The continuous B-52H mission included fighter escorts from the Royal Air Power and regional associate nations, enhancing regional stability and safety by a present of mixed energy and functionality.

The circulate of airpower all through the theater throughout this presence patrol was important as a result of addition of F-22s, which entered the USCENTCOM AOR in February. The B-52H and their aircrew are assigned to the fifth Bomb Wing, Minot Air Power Base, North Dakota, and flew the mission below Air Power World Strike Command’s bomber activity pressure mission-set. USCENTCOM, by Ninth Air Power (AFCENT), has facilitated two bomber activity pressure missions in 2022 as an illustration of the U.S.-led coalition’s dedication to selling regional stability. The final bomber-led mission throughout the Central Area concerned one B-52H and occurred on Feb. 14, 2022.


“With every bomber activity pressure mission, AFCENT and associate air forces exhibit the energy of regional airpower,” mentioned Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, Ninth Air Power (AFCENT) commander. “An unprecedented 9 international locations flew with our B-52 at the moment, so this mission signaled our potential to rapidly carry forces to the theater and function seamlessly with our companions throughout a coaching occasion that indicators our mixed dedication to regional stability and protection.”

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and constructed by Boeing, which has continued to supply assist and upgrades. It has been operated by america Air Power (USAF) for the reason that Nineteen Fifties. The bomber is able to carrying as much as 70,000 kilos (32,000 kg) of weapons and has a typical fight vary of round 8,800 miles (14,080 km) with out aerial refueling. Superior efficiency at excessive subsonic speeds and comparatively low working prices have stored them in service regardless of the arrival of later, extra superior strategic bombers, together with the Mach 2+ B-58 Hustler, the variable-geometry B-1 Lancer, and the stealth B-2 Spirit. The B-52 accomplished 60 years of steady service with its unique operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, the final airplanes are anticipated to serve into the 2050s.

U.S. Air Power F-22 Raptors fly alongside a U.S. Air Power B-52H Stratofortress above the Arabian Gulf, March 29, 2022. The presence of the B-52H and F-22s showcased U.S. Central Command’s potential to ship fight airpower at a second’s discover, in addition to its dedication to companions and regional safety. (U.S. Air Power photograph by Employees Sgt. Jerreht Harris)