B-1B fleet resumes flight operations

A B-1 bomber takes off to participate in Combat Raider 18-2 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 14, 2018. Combat Raider is a joint exercise that involves multiple airframes from different bases to prepare Airmen and the Air Force for potential future conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A B-1 bomber takes off to participate in Combat Raider 18-2 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 14, 2018. Combat Raider is a joint exercise that involves multiple airframes from different bases to prepare Airmen and the Air Force for potential future conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

 

Air Force Global Strike Command will resume B-1B flight operations this week, following the directed safety stand-down June 7th.

 

The stand-down allowed the command time to thoroughly evaluate the egress components and determine potential risks before returning to flight. 

 

“We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force Commander, responsible for the Air Force bomber force. 

 

The Air Force Global Strike Command commander previously ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B fleet after a safety investigation showed an issue with egress system components. The investigation is still ongoing.