US Air Force Sends 2 B-2 Stealth Bombers To The UK

Tyler Durden's picture

With call-signs "Death 11" and "Death 12", we suspect the deployment by the US Air Force of 2 B-2 Stealth Bombers to the UK's RAF base in Fairford is for anything but simple sight-seeing. As The Aviationist notes, B-2s don’t move from Whiteman AFB, in Missouri, too often as they are trained to conduct very long round-trip missions from their homebase; which is why the deployment of two Spirit bombers with the 509th Bomb Wing to the UK is, at least, noteworthy. The question is... what will Putin's retaliatory sabre-rattle be?


The B-2s landing in Fairford (via @miket_343 )


As The Aviationist details,

...overseas deployments of the Spirit stealth strategic bombers are quite unusual.


Indeed, B-2s don’t move from Whiteman AFB, in Missouri, too often as they are trained to conduct very long round-trip missions from their homebase in CONUS (Continental U.S.), as happened during recent training missions, extended nuclear deterrence sorties in the Korean Peninsula, as well as during real conflicts, as the Libya Air War in 2011 or the Allied Force in Serbia in 1999.


That’s why the deployment of two Spirit bombers with the 509th Bomb Wing to the UK is, at least, noteworthy.


Obviously, the official press release doesn’t mention the rarity of this “short-term deployment,” as it only mentions that the “multi-role heavy bombers will conduct training flights in the USEUCOM area of operations, providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.”


Little is known about this deployment, unlike the other one which involves three B-52s that have arrived at RAF Fairford last week and whose detachment had been exposed by aircrew patches produced ahead of the participation of the Stratofortresses to the Saber Strike and Baltops exercises.


“The training and integration of strategic forces demonstrates to our nation’s leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and expertise to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command in the release.


For sure, the Russian threat in Europe is taken seriously by the USSTRACOM, that may have decided to deploy some strategic assets closer to Ukraine, more to show the local allies that Washington is capable to support them if needed rather than put some pressure on Moscow.

But, but... but... the markets are at all-time-highs so there can't be any "risks" to worry about?

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Atomizer's picture

But Lagarde got on her knees and apologized.


Haus-Targaryen's picture

We're fucking insane if we even remotely think we can take on the Russians and expect Afghani style opposition.  

If this shit goes the wrong way, we all lose.  I feel especially sorry for the Polish - who will be used as cannon fodder again.  

If SHTF, it will be interesting to see whos side the Germans take.  My bet, if they/we have learned from history at all -- is the Russian side, but time will tell.  

We, Americans, are apparently suicidal.   


EDIT - Putin's response "Oh yeah, its NBD, we copied that shit like 10 years ago -- we have 30 of them in Cuba.  Your move shithead."

Wolferl's picture

Exellent idea. Give the Russian air defence a chance to learn more about the B2 radar signiture.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

What do they need the radar signature for?  Doesn't that fancy S-400 track heat anomalies in the atmosphere?  AKA – B2 exhaust?

Wolferl's picture

S-400 on B2? No good sport. You have to give the prey some chance to make it.

knukles's picture

All those "odd" people just standing at the runway's end to watch all the busy busy (not) military aircraft..."

TeamDepends's picture

Whiteman AFB?  WHITEMAN AFB!!!!!  Apparently, they didn't get the memo.

mjcOH1's picture

"We're fucking insane if we even remotely think we can take on the Russians and expect Afghani style opposition.  "

Let's not get antsy.   This means there's a goat-fucker to be blown up somewhere, and it requires deploying a $1billion aircraft to do it.   Sadly.   

If you want to delve further into the insanity of the execute branch today, we can speculate on the weight of the carcas, whether we released him for a bag of fig-newtons or just for the hell of it, and what the officially sanctioned twitter hash-tags will be if we dig the wrong hole in the wrong spot.

knukles's picture

Oh, for heaven's sakes, the boys need flight time...

BigJim's picture

You guys have got it all wrong. These are flying cargoes of re-re-hypothecated gold from vault to vault, staying just ahead of the auditors, who keep experiencing mysterious delays (while the cargoes get unloaded and trucked at high speed to the vault they're about to inspect).

Unknown User's picture

Yea, but stealth doesn't work...

Atomizer's picture


Tranny-in-chief is driving this show. I forget about the exhaust signature.

SAT 800's picture

Who is it that makes our missile engines again, because we don't know how? hmmm. something that began with an R. whatever.

dogbreath's picture

""The question is... what will Putin's retaliatory sabre-rattle be?"  


All the russians have to do is sit back and wait. They will see them coming with those  WW2 radars






dogbreath's picture

You have mistaken me for the wrong kind of ass.  I'm a smart ass.

Gavrikon's picture

Apparently not particularly smart.

dogbreath's picture

Lets see how an American air attack on Russia works out.  

chinoslims's picture

+ 100
It has historically sucked to be a country suck between Germany and Russia


Uncle Remus's picture

Lebensraum. You're talking about Lebensraum.

Winston of Oceania's picture

You are just a fucking hump, I'll put my money on the US and you can go crawl behind your mommies skirt. BTW no fucking chance Germany sides with the dogs of the East. You do know where Konigsberg is don't you? Just a fucking hump.

FinalCollapse's picture

Konigsberg might become Krolewiec if RuSSia starts fucking around too much. 

alexcojones's picture
          “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” 


          -Albert Einstein


BlindMonkey's picture

We need to drag out ol' Al's quote on everyone of these threads.

logicalman's picture

If shit truly hits the fan, which side you are on will make absolutely ZERO difference.

There won't be any canon fodder, just food for radioctive cockroaches.

If things go nuke, just find a way to off yourself quickly and painlessly.

As for Americans being suicidal, I'd disagree.

The psychopaths running the place are the problem (This applies pretty much globally, I'm not really singling out Americans)

By the way Putin is in the psychopath club, Obama's in it, David Cameron, Merkel - the whole fucking lot.

If aliens swing by earth in the distant future they'll laugh their arses off if they figure out what went on here.

mrmister's picture

The Russians have been expecting this. Watch this 11 minute Russian Television Clip from June 1, 2014.

dsty's picture

interesting vid from RT

that ought to cause lots of panic in Russia

planned first strike in 2016?

anyway, sure showing off muscle, hope some one doe not screw up

prains's picture

if the movement of the planes was a secret then this would be noteworthy and alarming, that its public knowledge means this is all for show and really means nothing

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

There is usually a big air show at Fairford in July, I have been a couple of times.

GVB's picture

On the other hand... Almost everything is public knowledge nowadays.. Either leaked or shared through valuable blog sites. Many people are simply not ready to believe it (conspiracy, etc, ...). Or they simply don't have the mental capacity to do their own research. That's sad and irreversible. Never in history did a failing country allow their decline without a retaliation. Financial sanctions have obviously failed, now Anglo-americans will have to come up with something else. Something bigger, logically. I sincerely hope they'll skip the war scenario. Based on current state of our financial system, we cannot blame brics and others to wave Western Disneyland goodbye and start their own model. It's simply irrational. Therefore, I think a "soft landing" is not feasible. I really hope it is possible, but I think it is not. 

logicalman's picture

At the risk of sounding like a broken record....

Countries are fictions designed to break the herd up into easily manageable groups to be used against each other so that they never fight against the bastards that are fucking them over on a daily basis.

If you ever see a face uttering words, you know they are not the true power, just the facade.

Wake the fuck up.


general ambivalent's picture

Yes, all signs have been leading to war for months.

There are no Oreos in the bombers. If you want cookies then you better start praying.

Freddie's picture

Good luck with that.  Here is Pierre Sprey talking about how the F-35 is a piece of shit and that stealth is way way oversold. Sprey has said the old WW2 RAF long wave radar can see stealth and the Russians can see stealth.

Sprey worked with two colonels to help get the the lower cost F-16 and A-10 built.  The F-16 is still probably the best USA fighter jet.   The Air Force hated the A-10 because it cost less than $10 million and they do not like doing ground support. 

Stealth is a joke and the Russians can and will see it.

Pray for those air crews if they encounter S400 or the new S500.

The Russians have some of the best software coders in the world. Meanwhile, the software code for the F-35 turkey is F'ed up.  I guess they used lots of H1Bs from India.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Neither bombers or the air defense systems have ever been combat tested and neither will work as well as hoped. If things go boom the BUFF's and other "obsolete" aircraft will carry the load.

FinalCollapse's picture

Freddie - this is all true that F35 is a POS and visible on radars operating within specific spectrum. Russians and all major armies have these radars for a long time - so  I am surprised that anyone is still surprised. 

However - to think that any fighter jet (F35 or other) will fly into area with working radars is a major fault in logic. This is not how it works. Radars will be destroyed first and then the fighters will fly into the enemy territory.  Hence, most if not all RuSSian radars will be taken out within first minutes of hostilities, regardless whether they are stationary or mobile. 

I am not defending this POS airplane. The new F15SE fighter that is being built will be the best airplane in the world but you need to consider realties and strategies of the war and not just static comparison between airplanes and radars. Kapish?


FieldingMellish's picture

Should be good for another 20 points on the S&P by tomorrow.

Atomizer's picture

You have to admit, that plane is wicked.

Atomizer's picture

Just got up from a sunday nap. I see my typo.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

You're right, that's an awesome airplane, and it brings new meaning to "Death from Above".

BigJim's picture

It's a very capable machine but really, really fucking ugly to look at.

It looks exactly like what it is - something moral automatons would fly to murder people who stand in the way of their wicked masters.

Sudden Debt's picture

Let's hope it doesn't rain in England and those cardboard planes fall apart....
thank god rain is rare in England...

BigJim's picture

I thought it was the F-22 that was water-soluble?

Joking aside... Fuck the NWO, but they do have some amazing kit. The F-22 can do the most extraordinary things. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw them showing it off at an airshow.

Just think if they'd spent that money on, oh, I don't know, researching cures for macular degeneration. Or malaria. Or herpes!

Gavrikon's picture

Or the trillions wasted on trying to raise the blacks out of poverty. . . 

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Regrettably, we have things called hangars...

Uncle Remus's picture

"Ooohhh and a change in the batting order as B-2 is on deck. Will he go for the fence?

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