B-2 bombers make pit stop on Guam
Two B-2 stealth bombers touched down at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, over the weekend in the midst of training that spanned 40 hours and thousands of miles.
The weeklong global power mission exercise tested Andersen’s ability to support 75 B-2 aircrew members of the 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. They stayed at Andersen for a week, preparing for the B-2’s arrival on Saturday, according to an Andersen news release.
The exercise also allowed the bomb wing to practice its ability to fly from Whiteman, land on Guam to change crews, and fly back to Missouri, officials said.
Each B-2 crew flew 20 hours, and the aircrafts’ engines ran for more than 40 hours with a minimal amount of time on the ground.
Andersen officials said in the release the exercise was part of a series of routine missions in the Pacific region to demonstrate the global capabilities of U.S. forces and to conduct bomber-training.
The training also is used to ensure airmen “are prepared and capable to strike anywhere in the world by testing capabilities to respond to any global threat,” the release said.