U.S. B-1B Makes a Surprise Appearance Over Warsaw with MiG-29 and F-16 Escort

A Polish F-16 escorts a 20th BW B-1 over Poland. (Image credit: screenshot from Polish MOD video).

The BONEs continue to operate across the world.

Early in the morning on May 11, 2020, a U.S. B-1B Lancer flew over Warsaw, escorted by the Polish Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum and F-16 Block 52+ aircraft.

According to the official information released by the Polish MoD, the jet entered the Polish airspace at 7:25 AM. The MoD has released some visual materials though, claiming that the operation took place within the framework of the Bomber Task Force initiative.

Below you can see a video captured from a Polish F-16, depicting the event.

Bomber Task Force is an initiative of the U.S. Air Force that regularly deploys bomber aircraft to the European theater. The sorties involve the allied and partner nations, as well as the USAF Europe units, thus forming a solid, strategic defense posture.

Here’s the audio of Bone 21 on the way to Poland:

On May 5, 2020, two U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers launched a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission to the Baltic region that included integration and interoperability training with Danish F-16s overflying Bornholm Island, in addition to overflight of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The B-1s also worked with Estonian Joint Terminal Air Controllers to provide close air support training with inert devices at Tapa Range.

“Forward bomber presence demonstrates the Air Force’s ability to execute flying missions, sustain readiness, as well as showcase the U.S. commitment to our Baltic allies and regional security. The B-1 Lancer can rapidly deliver massive quantities of conventional weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time. Last time it was in Europe was November 2018 supporting NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise,” said the USAFE press release issued after the Baltic mission.

Both in the case of Denmark, as well as in the case of the Polish events, the B-One involved in the operation came from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

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