A pair of U.S. Air Drive B-1B Lancer bombers not too long ago swept into the skies of the Northern Territory. Flying over the Prime Finish, their mission included refuelling apply with a Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Position Tanker Transport, which helped to keep up the bombers’ international attain functionality. Generally known as the ‘Bone’(from “B-One”), the B-1B is the spine of the USA long-range bomber drive, and might carry a traditional payload of as much as 34 tonnes of guided and unguided ordnance. Following the air-to-air refuelling, the pair landed at RAAF Base Darwin the place they carried out a scorching pit refuel supported by No. 13 Squadron aviation refuellers and USAF upkeep workers.

Air Base Govt Officer and No. 13 Squadron Govt Officer, Squadron Chief Michael Moroney, mentioned,”This was the primary time that USAF B-1Bs have been scorching flip refuelled by RAAF utilizing a JP157 hydrant cart. The protected and profitable refuel highlights continued steps in our interoperability and gives validation for future USAF actions at RAAF Base Darwin. This was additionally the primary use of the in-ground refuelling pits for USAF plane on the US-funded extension of the bomber replenishment apron. The operational use of this infrastructure, which was designed for use by USAF and RAAF refuel tools, is a crucial milestone for each Air Forces.”


A United States Air Drive B-1B Lancer Bomber prepares to be refuelled at Royal Australian Air Drive Base Darwin

The apply offered RAAF aviators an necessary alternative to exhibit their skilled mastery and train their interoperability in difficult but real looking situations. U.S. bombers have been visiting RAAF Base Darwin for 80 years most not too long ago as a part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation actions which commenced in February 2017. The aim of those is to construct on the broad vary of mixed air workouts and coaching actions undertaken between the USA and Australia to strengthen bilateral collaboration via elevated participation and joint coaching. These actions embody integration of fifth era capabilities, aero-medical evacuation interoperability coaching, and built-in plane upkeep actions.

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber utilized by the USA Air Drive. It’s considered one of three strategic bombers serving within the U.S. Air Drive fleet together with the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress as of 2022. Deliveries of the B-1B started in 1986 and formally entered service with Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a nuclear bomber that very same 12 months. By 1988, all 100 plane had been delivered. With the disestablishment of SAC and its reassignment to the Air Fight Command in 1992, the B-1B was transformed for a traditional bombing function. It first served in fight throughout Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and once more in the course of the NATO motion in Kosovo the next 12 months. The B-1B has supported U.S. and NATO navy forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Air Drive has a list of 45 B-1Bs as of 2021.