US strategic bombers were escorted by fighter jets of Ukrainian Air Force

06.09.20
US strategic bombers were escorted by fighter jets of Ukrainian Air Force

On September 4, 2020, US Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts have entered Ukrainian airspace for the first time.

One week after taking part in the one-day Allied Sky mission that saw 6 B-52s flying over the capitals of the 30 NATO countries, the BUFFs of the 5th Bomb Wing, from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and deployed to RAF Fairford as part of BTF (Bomber Task Force) 20-4, have carried out another pretty interesting mission.

Launching from the UK shortly before 07.30LT on Sept. 4, 2020, three B-52s, #61-0034,#60-0005 and #60-0044, call signs “JULIA 51-52-53”, flew all the way to Ukraine.

American strategic bombers were escorted by Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter jets of the tactical aviation brigade of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukrainian military pilots met the B-52 on the Polish border, escorted it through the territory of Ukraine to the coast of the Sea of Azov and back.

Two of the three bombers had their Mode-S transponder turned on, allowing them to be tracked during their trip toward the Black Sea region.

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