B-52 bomber supports NATO exercise Steadfast Noon in transatlantic mission

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office based on input provided by the United States Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa Public Affairs Office

One B-52 Stratofortress bomber from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana arrived in the European Theater to conduct a Continental United States (CONUS) to CONUS mission in support of NATO exercise Steadfast Noon October 24, 2023.


Exercise Steadfast Noon is a routine, annual NATO exercise designed to enhance interoperability, communication, and readiness among member States. The participation of the B-52 exemplifies the U.S. Air Force’s crucial role in NATO’s mission to safeguard global peace and security.



A total of 13 Allied countries and 60 aircraft participated in Steadfast Noon, conducting training flights over international airspace in Europe. The exercise does not involve any live bombs; it helps to ensure the credibility, effectiveness and security of NATO’s nuclear deterrent mission.



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