The largest “elephant walk” in U.S. Air Force history was depicted in a show of military might as the war in Ukraine and tensions with Russia and China continue. The show, which took place at Sheard Air Force Base in Wichita County, Texas, featured more than 4,000 aircrew with 80 aircraft on the runway. The show of force comes as a US warship passed through the Taiwan Strait as China continues its aggressive maneuvers around the disputed island.
The term “Elephant March” originates from the World War II era, when large fleets of Allied bombers with more than 1,000 aircraft began bombing German forces and cities. The preparation and arrangement of such a large number of aircraft in a very close structure, where the tips and tails of the aircraft are as close as possible, is similar to the walking and marching of elephants.
The show comes as Moscow and Beijing have emphasized strengthening their military cooperation to “maintain global security,” a move that shows the two countries are coming ever closer to confronting the United States.