Cool shot of a B-1 bomber departing the tanker like a boss during air strike on ISIS

Jul 28 2015 - 7 Comments

This is how you depart the tanker like a boss!

Taken on Jul. 23, during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, this cool shot shows a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer (“Bone” for the pilots community), depart after refueling from a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron.

The bomber belongs to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

The actual location where the picture was taken has not been disclosed but most tanker tracks are located over Iraq.

The B-1 have taken part in the air strikes on IS since the beginning of the air campaign: according to a story published by the AFP news agency earlier this year, in the previous 6 months, the U.S. Air Force Lancers had accounted for 18 percent of all the strike missions against the ISIS and for 43 percent of the total tonnage of munitions dropped in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


  • R.Lopaka

    Great PIX. But are they still dumping 80% of their bombs in the sea on RTB for lack of targeting?

  • SmoovyBRad

    Go T-Birds, go!

  • Where’s the hi-res version? Why bother without it?

  • leon

    Over G

  • FoilHatWearer

    For an aircraft that size, that’s a pretty healthy bank angle.

  • Michel Tangy

    She looks better than ever before. B1 for eternity!

  • Real Patriot 4 war

    Tail Letters for Ellsworth are EL, 28th BS. I think these B-1’s are from Offit, but I could be wrong … Unless another squadron the 34th was activated out of Ellsworth..In any regard it’s still a fantastic shot of the B-1 itself!