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Last modified: 15 Apr 2021, submitted by: Charles Mumford

Country: United Kingdom    Region: Gloucestershire

Latitude: 51° 40' 55" N     Longitude: -2° 12' 35" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


5140′56″N 0147′24″W RAF Fairford. activated in 1942 as the first USAAF aircraft arrived in the UK.
Currently it is a Forward Operating Base and the only bomber forward operating location in Europe and is predominately used by USAF deployments of the B-1B Lancer, B-2A Spirit and B-52H Stratofortress aircraft taking part in Air Force Global Strike Command's Bomber Task Force missions.
The base also hosts regular deployments of the US Air Force's U-2S Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft, operated by the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron.

Base and mission support is provided by the 420th Air Base Squadron, a Geographically Separate Unit of the 501st Combat Support Wing based at RAF Alconbury in

SEE: United States 2. AIR / USAFE / RAF Fairford

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