Long-range Training Flight Exercises Capabilities

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron, leaves Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. Two B-52s from Barksdale and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., participated in the non-stop mission from their respective home stations. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron, leaves Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. Two B-52s from Barksdale and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., participated in the non-stop mission from their respective home stations. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

Two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flew nonstop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted long range training operations and low approach flights at Hickam AFB.  These training flights, which were approximately 21 and 20 hours respectively, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command’s ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world.  This ensures that the President of the United States has capable, credible and scalable military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its Allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)

Two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flew nonstop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted long range training operations and low approach flights at Hickam AFB. These training flights, which were approximately 21 and 20 hours respectively, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command’s ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. This ensures that the President of the United States has capable, credible and scalable military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its Allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)

A B-2 Spirit takes off at dawn from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo, April 2, 2014.  Two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flew nonstop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted long range training operations and low approach flights at Hickam AFB.  These training flights, which were approximately 21 and 20 hours respectively, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command’s ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world.  This ensures that the President of the United States has capable, credible and scalable military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its Allies and partners.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison/Released)

A B-2 Spirit takes off at dawn from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo, April 2, 2014. Two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flew nonstop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted long range training operations and low approach flights at Hickam AFB. These training flights, which were approximately 21 and 20 hours respectively, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command’s ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. This ensures that the President of the United States has capable, credible and scalable military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its Allies and partners. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison/Released)

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron picks up speed for take-off at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 2, 2014. Two B-52s from Barksdale and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron picks up speed for take-off at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 2, 2014. Two B-52s from Barksdale and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

A B-52H Stratofortress raises its landing gear over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 2, 2014. Two B-52Hs, assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron, and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

A B-52H Stratofortress raises its landing gear over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 2, 2014. Two B-52Hs, assigned to 96th Bomb Squadron, and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to conduct range training operations and low approach training flights within the vicinity of Hawaii, April 2, 2014. The training flights of approximately 20 and 21 hours in duration, ensure U.S. strategic bomber forces maintain a high state of readiness and demonstrate U.S. Strategic Command's ability to provide a bomber force that is flexible, credible, and always ready to respond to a variety of threats and situations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

A B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber conducts a low approach training flight over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii April 2, 2014. Two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted range training operations and low approach training flights at Hickam AFB. (U.S. Marine Corps photographs by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED)

A B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber conducts a low approach training flight over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii April 2, 2014. Two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted range training operations and low approach training flights at Hickam AFB. (U.S. Marine Corps photographs by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED)

A B-2 Spirit strategic bomber conducts a low approach training flight over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii April 2, 2014. Two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted range training operations and low approach training flights at Hickam AFB. (U.S. Marine Corps photographs by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm // RELEASED)

A B-2 Spirit strategic bomber conducts a low approach training flight over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii April 2, 2014. Two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and two B-2 Spirit strategic bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew non-stop from their respective home stations to training ranges within the vicinity of Hawaii and conducted range training operations and low approach training flights at Hickam AFB. (U.S. Marine Corps photographs by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm // RELEASED)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Two B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and two B-2 Spirit bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., recently flew non-stop from their home stations to training ranges in Hawaii to exercise the President's credible and flexible military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its allies. Part of the mission was to conduct coordinated range operations amongst multiple airframes as well as test low approach training capabilities before returning to their bases.

"These long-duration, coordinated training missions allow our strategic bomber aircrews to execute synchronized global strike missions tailored to the needs of the combatant commander," said Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander, 8th Air Forces and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike.

The mission, which spanned nearly 8,000 miles from home station to the drop site and back to the home installation, tested the ability for planners to coordinate operations between combatant commands and amongst multiple Air Force wings. The 20-plus hour training missions also demonstrated the U.S.' capability to provide a flexible and always-ready force to respond to a variety of threats and situations within U.S. Strategic Command's global strike and strategic deterrence missions.

During the training mission, bomber crews enhanced their operational proficiency and readiness by releasing their inert ordnance on Hawaii's Pohakuloa military weapon range. They also honed their skills at operating during a long duration flight; an important element of U.S. Strategic Command's enduring deterrence capability.

"These tailored exercises are vital to assuring our nation's leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and skill to strike at the time and place of our choosing," General Vander Hamm said.

The Department of Defense routinely conducts training missions to ensure the U.S. has a credible capability to respond to a variety of levels of threats and to provide the President a variety of options he may need to protect the nation or its allies and partners.

"Most bomber missions are long duration like this. The experience gained from this kind of training mission is invaluable," said Lt. Col. Ryan Link, 96th Bomb Squadron commander, Barksdale AFB. "We boost our coordination capabilities and flying skills, and our bomber force is better for it."

The B-2 and B-52 are long-range, multi-role bombers capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Both bombers can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet.