3 x B1-B Lancers arrive at RAF Fairford
Above picture: Rockwell B1-B Lancer flying past RAF Fairford (The Aviation Media Co.)
Information from Aviation Wales.
A flight of three Rockwell B1-B Lancers, commonly known as “Bones” has touched down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
The aircraft flew from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas overnight as MYTEE 11 with an en-route fuel stop at Bangor Maine.
Weather nearly hampered their arrival into RAF Fairford when at one point flight of three was seeking a diversion but the aircraft were able to make tactical approaches onto the easterly runway at Fairford touching down around 10:30 am.
RAF Fairford is a forward operating base for the US Air Force’s (USAF) strategic bombers including the B1 and B52. Whilst B52 deployments are quite common, B1 deployments are a rarer event. The base is also the UK stop off point for U2 spy planes.
The Rockwell B1-B is the USAF’s supersonic heavy bomber. Its variable geometry swept wing allows it to fly at high speeds at low-level. It is powered by four afterburning General Electric F101 engines and has a range of 12,000km.
It is unknown how long the deployment at RAF Fairford will last but there is also a suggestion that the B1’s may be joined by Boeing B52 Stratofortress.
I guess the B1-B’s are going to be here longer than expected. They are currently all grounded. See this link.
Below is a Youtube Video from the 2017 detachment.