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

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


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.