US, Japan bomber-fighter integration showcases alliance, global power projection

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, fly in formation off the coast of Northern Japan as part of a combined Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Task Force mission, Feb. 3, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command's bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (Courtesy photo by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, fly in formation off the coast of Northern Japan as part of a combined Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Task Force mission, Feb. 3, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command's bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (Courtesy photo by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, fly in formation off the coast of Northern Japan as part of a combined Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Task Force mission, Feb. 3, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command's bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (Courtesy photo by Japan Air Self-Defense Force)
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, fly in formation off the coast of Northern Japan as part of a combined Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Task Force mission, Feb. 3, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (Courtesy photo by Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, fly in formation off the coast of Northern Japan as part of a combined Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Task Force mission, Feb. 3, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (Courtesy photo by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)