On January 10th, the United States and Korea flew a low-level dissimilar formation of 2x ROKAF F-15K Slam Eagles, a B-52 deployed from Guam, and 2x Osan-based F-16s. The formation flew over Osan Air Base, just 40 miles from the South Korean capital of Seoul. This show of force was intended to serve as a visual reminder to North Korea of the US and it’s allies sizable military power that can attack at a moments notice.
Flying a B-52 over South Korean territory is a provocative measure but one that was deemed necessary after North Korea’s latest nuclear test last week that was conducted in violation of multiple U.N. treaties. Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command said, “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security.”
A statement by U.S. Pacific Command further said that “the bilateral flight mission demonstrates the strength of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the Korean Peninsula.”
Video of the formation was captured by Senior Airman Daniel Robles of the 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office. It is featured on the YouTube channel AirBoyd.