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B2-Spirit stealth bombers of the US Air Force conducted integrated flying training with K F-35 Lightning jets of the RAF earlier in September.
The state-of-the-art military aircraft, the most expensive ever built, were deployed to Britain at the Bomber Task Force Europe, based on Gloucestershire, after arriving from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Chief of Staff at UK Air Battle Staff, Richard Yates, said: "We're delighted they're here in the UK and our pilots have the chance to fly and train with them."
The US B-2s joined RAF F-35s on a mission over the English Channel and carried out a refuelling exercise in the Azures.
According to the USAF, the 509th Bomb Wing's mission was to ensure that they "are engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend the US and its allies in an increasingly complex security environment". While here, they established RAF Fairford as a "forward operation base" in the US European Command area of responsibility.
The deployment has been opposed as demonstrating the lengths to which the US and British governments will go to integrate their warmongering forces to ensure Anglo-US domination, particularly of Europe.
There are at least 23 USAF bases in Britain, according to the list given in Wikipedia.
Sources: Kentonline, GloucestershireLive