The (U.S.) Air Force said history was made Wednesday when all three “power projection bombers” — the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 Lancer and the B-2 Spirit — took off from Guam for their first operation together in the Asia-Pacific.
Though the aircraft have deployed independently to the region in the past, “this was the first time all three bombers flew a formation pass over Andersen Air Force Base, dispersed and then simultaneously conducted operations in the South China Sea and Northeast Asia,” a 36th Wing statement said.
“This mission demonstrated the U.S. commitment to supporting global security and our ability to launch a credible strategic defense force,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, the wing’s commander.
Three B-2 Spirit stealth aircraft — America’s most advanced bomber, capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions — arrived last week from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., for a short Pacific deployment that’s part of U.S. Strategic Command’s bomber operations.