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US Air Force surveillance mission moving to RAF Fairford by 2024 | Stripes
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US Air Force surveillance mission moving to RAF Fairford by 2024 | Stripes

The U.S. Air Force is moving operations of some of its most sophisticated spy planes about three hours southwest in England as part of a larger force consolidation effort in Europe.

The 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and 488th Intelligence Squadron at RAF Mildenhall will be relocated to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire by 2024, British officials said.

The squadrons work with variants of the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, which flies surveillance in various locales, including Africa, the Middle East and near the NATO alliance’s eastern borders with Russia.

More than 500 airmen and their families will eventually make the move to Fairford, located in the Cotswolds, an area known for its hills and picturesque country villages.

Source:  US Air Force surveillance mission moving to RAF Fairford by 2024 | Stripes