The next time somebody has an idea about cutting back on the Air Force’s fleet of B-1B Lancers, don’t be surprised if you hear about the 7th Bomb Wing’s recent deployment.
The airmen of the 7th kept a bomber in the air over Afghanistan every moment of their deployment, according to an Air Force announcement, in the largest B-1 overseas deployment in 10 years.
Pretty impressive. According to the article, they provided about a quarter of the CAS in theater during their deployment.
Long loiter time and a huge weapons load count for quite a bit. Oh, and they did this while upgrading their birds in theater.
Well done, Air Force.