Watch a B-52 Bomber Go Around at RAF Fairford Because of a U-2 on the Runway | Aviation

GROAT11 (61-0018) arriving at RAF Fairford on May 20, 2024 (Image credit: @Saint1Mil)

This is something you don’t see too often: a B-52 on final performs a go-around because a U-2 hasn’t vacated the runway yet.

On Monday May 20, 2024, two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, arrived at RAF Fairford, in the U.K., for a routine bomber task force deployment.

The first two strategic bombers were joined by two more B-52 which arrived on Wednesday and Thursday bringing the total Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron under the banner of Bomber Task Force Europe 24-3, to four aircraft.

As usual, the U.S. Air Force personnel and aircraft of the BTF will collaborate with NATO Allies and other international partners to synchronize capabilities and reinforce security commitments within the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility. We will probably see the B-52s fly missions towards Eastern Europe, the Arctic Region, the Baltics, the Eastern Med Sea and Middle East, as done more or less regularly during the previous deployments.

In fact, these BTFs are a way for the U.S. to regularly showcase its dedication to NATO Allies and partners through deterrence missions that often see the integration with allied assets.

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