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
She looks better than ever before. B1 for eternity!
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!