One picture captures the might of the US Air Force’s bomber fleet in Europe

Business Insider Australia, By Alex Lockie, 12 June 2017

For the first ever, all three of the US Air Force Global Strike Command bombers have gathered at a single airfield in Fairford, United Kingdom for BALTOPS — a large scale NATO exercise meant to demonstrate capability and deter Russian aggression.

On the left, the B-1B is the Air Force’s only non-nuclear capable bomber. In the center is the B-2 Spirit bomber, and on the right, the B-52, which has been in constant service for over five decades.

The bombers will carry out training missions with sea, land, and additional air assets across eastern Europe.

Nuclear-capable and heavy bombers represent the most visible leg of the US’s nuclear triad, and are often deployed to a region to deter aggression and promote stability. Previously, all three bombers were pictured together in Guam.

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