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Thursday, September 23rd, The Air Force sent the last 17 of the retired B-1 Lancers to the boneyard. The final planes flew out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, to the infamous Davis-Monthan Airforce Base, Arizona.

The B-1B fleet, established in the 1980s, played a vital role in the wars of the last two decades. However, these aircraft proved to be high-maintenance and weren’t reliable in availability.

When serving as head of Air Force Global Strike Command, retired General Timothy Ray told reporters the B-1 had been “overextended” in many deployments to the Middle East. After, General John Hyten told lawmakers that only six of the 62 B-1s were fully capable of deploying.

Instead of bringing those 17 B-1s, which would amount to $30 million for each plane, the Air Force rather focus on all remaining aircraft in the bomber fleet.

Additionally, retiring the 17 B-1s is a significant step towards developing the new B-21 Raider long-range striker bomber into service.

Overall, the Air Force plans to retire all B-1 and B-2 Spirit bombers by 2030. This effort would leave the bomber fleet primarily with B-21s and revamped B-52 Stratofortresses with improved engines.

The military will purchase at least 100 new B-21s, replacing its fleet of B-2s and B-1s. Officials have said they estimated the military needs 220 bombers – 75 B-52 Stratofortresses and 145 B-21 Raiders.

If you were wondering, the Air Force values the new B-21 at $639 million individually or $673 million today due to inflation. It is a fixed contract; therefore, if any overages, the cost falls onto the contractor, Northrop Grumman.

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Last Of The Retired B-1s Sent To Boneyard

Thursday, September 23rd, The Air Force sent the last 17 of the retired B-1 Lancers to the boneyard. The final planes flew out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, to the infamous Davis-Monthan Airforce Base, Arizona.

The B-1B fleet, established in the 1980s, played a vital role in the wars of the last two decades. However, these aircraft proved to be high-maintenance and weren’t reliable in availability.

When serving as head of Air Force Global Strike Command, retired General Timothy Ray told reporters the B-1 had been “overextended” in many deployments to the Middle East. After, General John Hyten told lawmakers that only six of the 62 B-1s were fully capable of deploying.

Instead of bringing those 17 B-1s, which would amount to $30 million for each plane, the Air Force rather focus on all remaining aircraft in the bomber fleet.

Additionally, retiring the 17 B-1s is a significant step towards developing the new B-21 Raider long-range striker bomber into service.

Overall, the Air Force plans to retire all B-1 and B-2 Spirit bombers by 2030. This effort would leave the bomber fleet primarily with B-21s and revamped B-52 Stratofortresses with improved engines.

The military will purchase at least 100 new B-21s, replacing its fleet of B-2s and B-1s. Officials have said they estimated the military needs 220 bombers – 75 B-52 Stratofortresses and 145 B-21 Raiders.

If you were wondering, the Air Force values the new B-21 at $639 million individually or $673 million today due to inflation. It is a fixed contract; therefore, if any overages, the cost falls onto the contractor, Northrop Grumman.

A Mission To Serve Our Heroes

If you or anyone you know served in the military, you may need help obtaining a fair disability rating and compensation. Contact Veteran Ratings. Veteran Ratings has a 95% chance of success in acquiring the rating and benefits you deserve.

Have a question? On the fence? Contact us for more information. We are here for you — we proudly serve those who served. Veterans are our only priority because they made this the land of the free through their bravery and sacrifice.

Get The Benefits You Deserve

contact one of our consultants today for a free evaluation of your VA claim

learn more
James Cooper
James Cooper
James Cooper comes from a long line of Veterans and decided to enlist for the Marine Corps at the ripe age of 18-years-old following in his father's footsteps. Shortly after being medically discharged from the service, James decided to pursue a career in journalism. Having battled with the VA for years himself, he began to study the system and commit his career to help fellow disabled veterans.

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