The Sniper targeting pod-equipped B-1B Lancer has been an incredibly effective weapon system when it comes to dropping ordnance on ISIS fighters and their interests in Iraq and Syria. Now, after a record-setting deployment, the “Bones” have left the Middle East, at least for now.
We know aerial refueling is no easy task. Sometimes the larger the customer, the bigger struggle it can be, but this B-1 on an ISIS bombing sortie reminds us just how touchy this routine practice is.
Sturgis, South Dakota gets very loud this time of year as thousands of motorcycles pack the historic town. Yet even on this, the 75th anniversary of the Mecca of all bike rallies, the loudest vehicle to cruise the strip was the mighty B-1B Lancer bomber, of which many are based not so far from Sturgis at Ellsworth Air…
Swing-wings, a sleek and flowing fuselage, and four big GE-F101 turbofans pointing out the back: the B-1B’s silhouette is ominous to say the least. That silhouette is exactly what a tanker crew saw after refueling the “Bone” from their KC-135R Stratotanker, as seen in the video below.…
Foxtrot Alpha reader 'B-1 Pilot' sent over this awesome video showing what it is like refueling a B-1B 'Bone' via a KC-135R over Afghanistan. You can see that the first connect resulted in sheet of fuel-spray covering the windscreen, the second worked better.
There is a very Star Wars-ish 'Rebel Alliance' vs the 'Galactic Empire' juxtaposition going on between the two types of aircraft and the environments in which they are being refueled in the video below.
Here is the story about a B-1B bomber and practical joke involving a hardware store 'for sale' sign and great timing. It would have gone down in the annals of unsubstantiated aviation lore if it were not for a news reporter from the local paper and a long lens equipped camera.