B-1B fleet resumes flight operations
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Air Force Global Strike Command will resume B-1B flight operations this week, following the directed safety stand-down June 7th.
The stand-down allowed the command time to thoroughly evaluate the egress components and determine potential risks before returning to flight.
“We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, responsible for the Air Force bomber force.
Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, previously ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B fleet after a safety investigation showed an issue with egress system components. The investigation is still ongoing.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepares to takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 20, 2017. The lancers conducted bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), July 20 as part of Talisman Saber 17 a training exercise designed to maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime preposition and logistics operations in the Pacific.
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