USA Air Force B2 refuels
A US Air Force B2 Spirit stealth bomber refuelled yesterday at the Lajes base in the Azores as part of an allied operation.
The aircraft departed from the 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri in the United States to RAF Fairforth in the UK, but stopped at Terceira Island in the Azores, where the United States also has a military presence, to refuel (with the engines reportedly still running) which took about two hours.
According to Major Ross Jones, who is a stealth bomber pilot, “Our mission is to assure our allies that we have the means and the will to protect them and to deter our opponents from international aggression,” he said in remarks to reporters.
This is not the first time a B2 bomber had made a stop at the base of the Lajes, but it is the first for several years.