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B-1 Lancer Bombers Surprise Saudi Arabia Arrival

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.

A B-1B Lancer taxis past the PRIDE Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 24, 2019, before taking off to be a part of a Bomber Task Force in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. The B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

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…

Col. David A. Doss
A B-1B Lancer takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 24, 2019, in support of United States strategic objectives. The deployment of this aircraft allows the U.S. and regional partner nations’ militaries to train and work together to strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote regional security, improve combined tactical air operations and enhance interoperability of forces. The United States maintains a strong, credible force that enhances the security and stability of allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

“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.”

A B-1B Lancer taxis down the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prior to taking off in support of a Bomber Task Force mission in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, Oct. 24, 2019. The unannounced arrival of the B-1 demonstrates the global strike capacity and ability of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command to rapidly deploy forward and deliver precision-guided ordnance against any adversary. Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a globe security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in our history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jesse Jenny)

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.

A B-1B Lancer launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 24, 2019. The B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary. Bomber mission demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a globe security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in our history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)