Exercises

1980 CLOUDY CHORUS

CLOUDY CHORUS was a NATO/AFCENT air defence readiness/effectiveness exercise involving NATO fighters operating from their home bases. It was supported by tankers from the 11th SG ETTF at Fairford and by the B-52s which among other aircraft acted as adversaries.

The first modern B-52 deployment, 3 B-52Ds from 7th Bomb Wing arrived

10 June to 15 June

7th BW B-52Ds 55-0073, 65-0658 and 56-0600

56-0658 B-52D 7 BW 15 JUN 80
John Wigzell

 Busy Brewer Exercises

1981 BUSY BREWER

B-52D deployment from the 7th BW
20th Oct to 13th Nov

55-0070 B-52D 7th BW, Carswell AFB, RAF Fairford 25-10-81
by Stuart Freer – Touchdown Aviation

1982 BUSY BREWER

Sep 1982 – 5x B52’s

58-0192 B-52G 19th BW, Robins AFB, RAF Fairford 12-9-1982
by Stuart Freer – Touchdown Aviation

1984 BUSY BREWER

25 April to 17 May (RAF Upper Heyford)
13 September to 19 October (Fairford)

320th BMW (441st BMS)
Busy Brewer 84A

1985 BUSY BREWER

24 May to 20 June – 7 B-52Gs from 2nd BW Barksdale
Seen on 13/06/1985 – 57-6489, 57-6506, 57-6512, 57-6519, 58-0210, 59-2586 and 59-2599 (Malcolm)

May 1985 (Thanks to Darren Currie)

 

69th Bomb Squadron
Busy Brewer 85-B

 

 

 

 

 

1985 Exercise Autumn Forge

6 September to 11 October

76468, 76476, 80258, 92565 and 92598, all 42ndBW, Loring arrived 6th Sept as did 76469 and 80226 from the 320thBW, Mather.
They redeployed to their home bases on the 4/11th Oct’85 (Graham Luxton)

76476 September / October 1985
(Thanks to Darren Currie)

1986 BUSY BREWER

2nd Bomb Wing – 29 August to 6 October (86B)
Seen on the 30/08/1986 – 58-0216, 58-0240 and 59-2569 (Malcolm)

7th September – 5th October
Three B-52Gs from 42nd BW present

 

1987 BUSY BREWER

1 May to 8 June
Three B-52Gs from the 42nd BW deployed
Seen on the 02/05/1987 – 58-0172, 58-0241 and 59-2578 (Malcolm)

27 August to 12 October
Seen on the 07/09/1987 – 58-0224, 59-2588 and 59-2596 (Malcolm)

2nd Bomb Wing (Deployed)
Busy Brewer 87C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 BUSY BREWER

9 April to 6 May
Seen on the 29/04/1988 – 58-0226, 58-0232 and 58-0251 (Malcolm)

3 June to 13 June
Seen on the 04/06/1988 – 58-0212 and 59-2595 (Malcolm)

September

Seen on the 10/09/1988 – 58-0195, 58-0213 , 58-0235 and 58-0255 (Malcolm)

Busy Brewer 1988
2BMW Deployed

1989 – Changed from BUSY BREWER to BUSY WARRIOR

15 to 25 April

7 to 25 September
Seen on the 16/09/1989 – 58-0189, 58-0216, 58-0233, 59-2565 and 59-2570 (Malcolm)

1990 – BUSY WARRIOR

Busy Warrior 1990 – 2BMW Deployed

 

 

 

 

 

1991 BUSY WARRIOR

29th August – 14th September
42nd BMW B-52’s from Loring AFB, Maine

Seen on the 08/09/1991 – 58-0206, 58-0195, 58-0218 and 58-0226 (Malcolm)

1992 Exercise Teamwork 92-1

6th March – 19th March
Five 42nd BW B-52s

Seen on the 25/06/1992 (92 BW) – 61-0003 , 61-0008, 61-0017, 61-0028 and 61-0040 (Malcolm)

19th June – 29th June
The first four B-52Hs to visit RAF Fairford from the 416th BW

1993 CORONET COMET

3rd June – 21st June

3x B-52Hs 416th BW and 4x KC-135Es Arizona ANG deployed

416th Bomb Wing – Coronet Comet 93

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th June 1993
The first B-1Bs arrived at RAF Fairford, two from 28th BW and one the 319th BW

Exercise Coronet Invader and Solid Stance

2nd September 1993 – 20th September 1993
4x B-52Hs 416th BW

Seen on the 16/09/1993 – 61-0015 and 61-0020 (Malcolm)

60-0030 B-52H 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, RAF Fairford 8-6-1993
by Stuart Freer – Touchdown Aviation

1994 CORONET NOVA / RESOLUTE RESPONSE

30th April – 15th May
4x KC-135s from the Illinois ANG
8x F-16A 182FG / 169FS Illinois ANG
Arrived/departed as Pride 11-14, 21-24
http://www.sharpshooter-maj.com/html/deploy94.htm

1994 CENTRAL ENTERPRISE

1st June 1994 – 22nd June 1994
4x 7th BW B-1Bs
Four B-1s from the 9th BS deployed to RAF Fairford on June 1st 1994 to participate in the NATO exercise Central Enterprise. The B-1 deployment was called Coronet Pluto ’94 and involved more than 250 people from Dyess AFB.
During the exercise work-up phase, the Lancer crews spent time familiarising themselves with ATC procedures in European airspace. Dummy 227 kg bombs were released over the Vlievors range in Holland, and fighter intercepts were experienced over the North Sea. They also took time to work up with their co-penetrators in Central Enterprise, 48th FW F-15Es and 27th FW F-111Fs.

Central Enterprise ran from 13th to 17th June, with the B-1s active every day. During the exercise Hellion was forced to divert to Rhein-Main AB in Germany with a wingsweep malfunction.

9th Bomb Squadron – Leather Patch 1994
ENGLAND SWINGS

 

1995 STRONG RESOLVE

17th February
4x B-52Hs from 96BS/2BW at Barksdale

60-0017 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 25-2-1995
by Stuart Freer – Touchdown Aviation

1995 SALTY HAMMER

6th – 26th June 1995 the 523FS “Crusaders” from Canon AFB deployed eight F-111F’s to RAF Fairford, arriving as Trend 11-14, 21-24.
They participated in Exercsie Salty Hammer first week then Central Enterprise

70-2382 70-2391 70-2392 70-2404[1] 70-2406 70-2414 70-2419[1] 73-0715
[1] Did not depart with the rest of the deployment. Departed to Monte Real AB, Portugal 29 June for Airshow.
Returned to Mildenhall 3 July and then to CONUS 6 July.
http://www.sharpshooter-maj.com/html/deploy95.htm

F-111

1996

Seen on the 08/06/1996 – 60-0013 and 61-0013 (Malcolm)

CENTRAL ENTERPRISE 1997

When 10 Air Force B-1Bs were gathered in June at RAF Fairford, UK, it marked the largest deployment of the bombers yet in their relatively young operational life. It represented the first time that aircraft from two B-1 wings had deployed as a single unit. Aircraft and crews from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D., and the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas, flew to the British base to take part in NATO’s Central Enterprise 1997 during the period June 9–27. While in the UK, the B-1s combined with other NATO units to practice the defense of Central Europe with live-fire exercises.

9th Bomb Squadron – Leather Patch 1997
BONES OVER BRITAIN

1998 CENTRAL ENTERPRISE

On June 9th 1998 six B-1Bs from the 9th BS at Dyess AFB arrived at RAF Fairford to take part in NATO exercise Central Enterprise.

They were 83-0065, 84-0058, 86-0108, 86-0123, 86-0135 and 86-0140.

Four B-52 Stratofortress bombers and 175 reservists from Barksdale deployed to the United Kingdom in June 1998 to take part in a series of NATO exercises. The Air Force Reserve Command contingent from Barksdale consisted of members of the 917th Wing’s 93rd Bomb Squadron, maintenance and support organizations. They operated out of Royal Air Force Fairford, west of London, and began deploying 06 June 1998 and returned by 30 June 1998. In the first exercise, the B-52s took part in Baltic Sea Operations. BALTOPS is a joint maritime operation where B-52s simulated dropping sea mines in conjunction with U.S. Navy and NATO sea forces.

During another NATO exercise, Central Enterprise, the Barksdale reservists practiced integrating B-52 operations with other NATO air forces. Several U.S. units participated in the exercise, including a B-1 Lancer unit from Dyess AFB, Texas, which also launched missions from RAF Fairford. The 7th Expeditionary Operations Group wrapped-up its three-week deployment 25 June 1998 as the NATO exercise Central Enterprise ended. The 7th EOG brought together six Dyess B-1s and their 9th Bomb Squadron crews and four Air Force Reserve B-52Hs from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, based at Barksdale AFB, La.

9th Bomb Squadron – Leather Patch 1998
BONES 2 OVER BRITAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th Expeditionary Operations Group (7th EOG)

 

 

 

 

 

October 1998

Of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, seen here being flight prepped.

This was one of six B-52Hs which had arrived on 11.10 (“Havoc 11-16”) as a show of strength against the Serbian Government regarding human rights violations in Kosovo.

Serbian forces were withdrawn shortly afterwards

60-0059 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 10-98
by Stuart Freer – Touchdown Aviation

 

1999 – Exercise Northern Light

13th September 1999 – Two B-52s arrived

1999 – Exercise Eclipse Bravo

24th September 1999 – MC-130s and MH-53s from RAF Mildenhall deployed to RAF Fairford for a training exercise

2001 – Nato Exercise

5th September 2001 – C-5s, C-141s, C-17s, MC-130s and EC-130s visit RAF Fairford over a two week period

2005 – Bright Star

September 2005 – B-52s deployed to support Exercise Bright Star along with supporting KC-135s.
B-1Bs deployed at the same time to take part in training missions

JUNE 2014

On June 4th three B-52s landed at RAF Fairford, callsigns EXULT 11/12/13 – two were from the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and the other from the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot AFB, North Dakota. On the lead up to the deployment the three B-52s were due to take part in ‘Exercise Sabre Strike 2014’ but that was cancelled the day they actually arrived and the detachment was downgraded to a familiarisation exercise (FAMEX) around the UK.

Following the B-52 arrivals, on June 8th two B-2As “Spirit of Louisiana” & “Spirit of Indiana” arrived as ‘DEATH 11 & 12’

The rest of the article can be found here – http://www.touchdown-aviation.com/reports/2014/global-strike-command-at-raf-fairford.php

Jetwash Aviation report – http://www.jetwashaviationphotos.com/2nd-aeg–usaf-b-2s—b-52s-at-raf-fairford.html

JUNE 2015

BALTOPS / SABRE STRIKE 2015

 

 

 

 

 

A great report can be found here –
http://www.jetwashaviationphotos.com/usaf-bombers-in-britain–raf-fairford.html

Some more B-52 Deployment photo’s can be seen here – http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=64889&p=664777#p664777

2016

BALTOPS / SABER STRIKE 2016

Report here – http://www.airshows.co.uk/features/2016/raf-fairford-baltops-exercise-saber-strike/

2017

‘DEFENDERS OF LIBERTY’
Global Strike Command @ RAF Fairford – www.jetwashaviationphotos.com/-defenders-of-liberty-.html

2018

Sovereign Skies – 4 xB52’s – 23rd Bomb Squadron ‘Barons’

http://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1428395/minot-airmen-b-52s-complete-uk-deployment/

Crew 6 Patch – Six Of Swords Tarot Card Image
Only worn for this Fairford deployment. Less than 40 made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALTOPS / SABER STRIKE 2018

345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron

http://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1538407/345th-expeditionary-bomb-squadron-takes-flight-to-the-uk/

Updated take on a WWII heritage design, replacing a big round “notional” style bomb with a JDAM and putting a beer in the other hand.

Please check out Bomber Patches who has created some of these recent deployment patches. You can also purchase direct from the website www.bomberpatches.com

 

 

 

Please contact me if you have any more information on any Fairford Exercises / Deployments raf.fairford@gmail.com