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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)
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America’s Fastest Bomber: the Nuclear-Capable B-1 Lancer

Designed to scream over tree tops multiple times the speed of sound, to penetrate deep into the Soviet Union and deliver deadly Nuclear payloads, the B-1 Lancer, a longtime staple of the USAF bomber fleet, found its place in a modern world. Its unique combination of speed and payload keep it relevant in the ever-evolving aerial battlefield.

A B-1 bomber rumbles down the flightline at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 24, 2012 as part of a training mission. Each of the B-1’s four engines is capable of producing 30,000-plus pounds of thrust.
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B-1 Afterburner Takeoff Dyess AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off during exercise Trojan Footprint at RAF Fairford, England, June 1, 2018. Trojan Footprint 18 is a U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise over land, sea and air that rapidly deployed 2,000 NATO and partner nation Special Operations Forces from 13 nations to the Baltic region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off during exercise Trojan Footprint at RAF Fairford, England, June 1, 2018. Trojan Footprint 18 is a U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise over land, sea and air that rapidly deployed 2,000 NATO and partner nation Special Operations Forces from 13 nations to the Baltic region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off during exercise Trojan Footprint at RAF Fairford, England, June 1, 2018. Trojan Footprint 18 is a U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise over land, sea and air that rapidly deployed 2,000 NATO and partner nation Special Operations Forces from 13 nations to the Baltic region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

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B-1 Operations out of Qatar

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command’s area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

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B-1 Refueling During Strikes on Syria

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft is refueled by a KC-10 Extender over an undisclosed location April 14, 2018. The aircraft were taking part in strikes against Syrian targets in response to the use of chemical weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Rodriguez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft is refueled by a KC-10 Extender over an undisclosed location April 14, 2018. The aircraft were taking part in strikes against Syrian targets in response to the use of chemical weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Rodriguez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft is refueled by a KC-10 Extender over an undisclosed location April 14, 2018. The aircraft were taking part in strikes against Syrian targets in response to the use of chemical weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Rodriguez)

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RAAF KC-30 Refueling a USAF B-1 Lancer

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

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B-1 Short Final Into Australia

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

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B-1 Full Afterburner Out Of Guam

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off Sept. 23, 2018, at Andersen AFB, Guam. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gerald R. Willis)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off Sept. 23, 2018, at Andersen AFB, Guam. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gerald R. Willis)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off Sept. 23, 2018, at Andersen AFB, Guam. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gerald R. Willis)

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B-1 Bombers Escorted by Japanese F-15s

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, fly alongside two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 9, 2017. Following the end of the operation, one B-1B flew to Misawa Air Base, Japan, to be a static display for the Misawa Air Festival, while the other B-1B returned to Andersen AFB, Guam. The integration of our aerial platforms with our allied nations advance and strengthen the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Courtesy Photo)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, fly alongside two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 9, 2017. Following the end of the operation, one B-1B flew to Misawa Air Base, Japan, to be a static display for the Misawa Air Festival, while the other B-1B returned to Andersen AFB, Guam. The integration of our aerial platforms with our allied nations advance and strengthen the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Courtesy Photo)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, fly alongside two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 9, 2017. Following the end of the operation, one B-1B flew to Misawa Air Base, Japan, to be a static display for the Misawa Air Festival, while the other B-1B returned to Andersen AFB, Guam. The integration of our aerial platforms with our allied nations advance and strengthen the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Courtesy Photo)

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B-1 Full Afterburners Towards Syria

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets, Sept. 27, 2014. The strikes were conducted as part of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets, Sept. 27, 2014. The strikes were conducted as part of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets, Sept. 27, 2014. The strikes were conducted as part of the president’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

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B-1 Full Afterburner At Twilight

A B-1 Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Composed of six different missions, Advanced Integration contains one of the most dynamic pertaining to fourth and fifth Generation airframes, a night exercise known as Deliberate Strike Night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

A B-1 Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Composed of six different missions, Advanced Integration contains one of the most dynamic pertaining to fourth and fifth Generation airframes, a night exercise known as Deliberate Strike Night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

A B-1 Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Composed of six different missions, Advanced Integration contains one of the most dynamic pertaining to fourth and fifth Generation airframes, a night exercise known as Deliberate Strike Night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

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B-1 Smoky Landing In Australia

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

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US Syrian Airstrike B-1 Full Afterburner Takeoff

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to launch a strike mission from Al Udeid AIr Base, Qatar, April 13, in support of the multinational response to Syria's recent use of chemical weapons. Two B-1Bs, deployed to Al Udeid AB from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., employed 19 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), marking the first combat employment of the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to launch a strike mission from Al Udeid AIr Base, Qatar, April 13, in support of the multinational response to Syria's recent use of chemical weapons. Two B-1Bs, deployed to Al Udeid AB from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., employed 19 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), marking the first combat employment of the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to launch a strike mission from Al Udeid AIr Base, Qatar, April 13, in support of the multinational response to Syria’s recent use of chemical weapons. Two B-1Bs, deployed to Al Udeid AB from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., employed 19 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), marking the first combat employment of the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

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Confirmed B-1 Lancer 2018 Syrian Airstrikes

U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018) - A U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber separates from the boom pod after receiving fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker en route to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)

U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018) - A U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber separates from the boom pod after receiving fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker en route to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)

U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018) – A U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber separates from the boom pod after receiving fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker en route to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)