Multiple B-1B Lancers launched from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 24, 2019, as part of Bomber Task Force operations in U.S. Central Command.
The B-1s returned home after a after a mission that reached across the globe from South Dakota to Saudi Arabia. This deployment demonstrated the ability to rapidly deploy anywhere, anytime in the world, and provide lethal precision global strike options for combatant commanders.
“This is what we train for, and is what sets us apart,” said Col. David A. Doss, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “Let there be no doubt, our team and our B-1s always stand ready to answer our nation’s call at a moment’s notice.”
How do B-1 Bombers fly so far?
Support from KC-10 Extender and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa were on hand to refuel the B-1s mid-flight, enabling them to fly directly from South Dakota to Saudi Arabia non-stop.