US AFGSC Completes B-1B Lancer Sale Program

B-1B Lancer at Edwards Air Force Base, California for final flight. Credits: USAF / Clay Cupit.

The US Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) has sent the last of its 17 B-1B Lancer bombers to the Boneyard of Davis Monsan Air Force Base, Arizona.

The move completes a sale program, including the retirement of 17 dilapidated B-1B Lancers, as part of a modernization program.

AFGSC Director of Kenion Bell, Head of the Logistics and Engineering Brigade, said:


“With fewer aircraft in the B-1 fleet, maintainers can spend more time and attention on each aircraft remaining in the fleet.”

After the sale is complete, the current B-1B aircraft inventory contains 45 active units.

One of the retired units was sent to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma as a prototype of the structural repair action, and the other was moved to Edwards Air Force Base as a ground tester.

Another aircraft is located at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and is used as a static display for the Barksdale Global Power Museum. The fourth aircraft was sent to the National Aeronautical Research Institute in Kansas for digital mapping.

The remaining 13 units will be stored in Type 4000 storage in the Boneyard of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis Monsan Air Force Base. Four of them are kept reproducible.

The retirement of these B-1B aircraft will allow the AFGSC to move towards the B-21 heavy bomber. AFGSC will also focus on modernization to enhance the capabilities of existing bomber fleets.

Bell added: “By starting the retirement of these legacy bombers, we can pave the way for the B-21 Raider.

“The continuous operation of the last 20 years has cost the B-1B fleet. The aircraft we retired will cost between $ 10 million and $ 30 million per aircraft in the short time to B. -21 is online. ”

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