Stunning view from inside the cockpit of a B-52 refueling during Ex. Cold Response

Mar 04 2016 - Leave a Comment

Anyone want to take a photo from a B-52’s jump seat?

The image in this post was taken during EUCOM’s Exercise Cold Response, currently underway in Norway.

It shows one of the three B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, deployed to Moron airbase, Spain, refueling from a KC-135 during the large-scale NATO training exercise held in the central Trøndelag region of Norway.

The U.S. Air Force strategic bombers operate as part of the 2nd Expeditionary Bomb Group tasked with several different types of missions, including anti-ship: in June last year, two Stratofortress bombers deployed to RAF Fairford, UK, that deployed inert MK-62 Quick Strike Mines with MK-15 tail fins to stop a (simulated) naval invasion of Sweden during Baltops exercise.

Here below you can see a photo, again taken from the cockpit of the B-52, of the bomber flying over a fjord during the flyover that opened the drills.

B-52 fjord

Image credit: U.S. Air Force/ Barskdale AFB