Polish Air Force MiG-29 & F-16 Escorted U.S. Air Force B-1B Bomber Over Poland

Polish Air Force MiG-29 & F-16 Escorted U.S. Air Force B-1B Bomber Over Poland
Credits: Mariusz Błaszczak

on May 11, 2020, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flew over Poland, escorted by the Polish Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum and F-16 Block 52+ aircraft.

According to the official information released by the Polish MoD, the jet entered the Polish airspace at 7:25 AM. The MoD has released some visual materials though, claiming that the operation took place within the framework of the Bomber Task Force initiative.

Below you can see a video captured from a Polish F-16, depicting the event.

The US Air Force regularly deploys bomber aircraft to Europe, the crews of which train with allies and partners. The B-1B is a strategic long-range bomber with variable wing geometry.

Two such aircraft from a base in Ellsworth, South Dakota, landed in Tallin, Estonia, on May 6 after a 25-hour flight with which Danish fighter jets cooperated along with Estonian air traffic control. The current Bomber Task Force mission is focused on the Baltic Sea region.

In October last year, Polish fighters escorted other American B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers taking part in the Global Thunder exercise organised by the American Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

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