The United States and 20 NATO nations took part in the large-scale mission, flying over NATO’s 30 member states to send a stark warning message to Putin.
Soaring 27,000ft over Scotland at 316mph, new video footage shows a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress refuelling on a flight from Spain before returning to the mission – named Operation Allied Sky.
The spectacular footage shows an RAF Typhoon taking to the skies over the UK to escort the US aircraft.
During the mission, the bomber completed an aerial refuelling from the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft based at RAF Mildenhall.
According to Nic Robertson, CNN’s International Diplomatic Editor, the mission aimed to show NATO’s “credibility of common defence” and “enhanced readiness”.
The timely message of military strength comes two weeks ahead of US President Joe Biden’s summit with the Russian leader.
According to Airforce Technology, NATO Allied Air Command and USAFE-AFAFRICA commander general Jeff Harrigian said: “Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in our history.
“Today’s mission is an awesome demonstration of NATO air superiority and together there is no challenge we cannot tackle.”
Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, Romania, and the UK took part in the mission.
Putin was sent another a stark message by British forces on Friday after HMS Queen Elizabeth led a series of war games ahead of a trip to the Black Sea.
The huge £3 billion aircraft carrier was joined in Portugal by 19 NATO warships from the US and eight other allied nations for operation Steadfast Defender.
The exercise, which is expected to last until June 22, included submarines, destroyers and frigates and was backed by immense aerial support from the RAF’s brand new F-35B Lightning stealth fighters.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, the ship’s commanding officer and captain, called it “a hugely powerful statement.”
Meanwhile, NATO said it wants to see sanctions fully implemented against Belarus following the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in May to arrest a journalist.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said some allies were also looking at taking further action on the issue.