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Any Usaf B-1s In Europe?

Sat May 28, 2005 4:32 am

Hello!

Has anybody information if there are any USAF B-1s currently based in Europe or the near / middle east?

Any information would be appreciated!

Thanks
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RE: Any Usaf B-1s In Europe?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:17 pm

With the cessation of major combat operations, you'd suspect the USAF wouldn't have any B-1s in the region. If they were in the European theatre, they'd be flying out of RAF Fairford.

In 1999 six B-1Bs were deployed to RAF Fairford to support Operation Allied Force in Kosovo. Those six aircraft dropped more than 20 percent of the total tonnage in the conflict- not bad really.

B-1s used in Operation Iraqi Freedom were also based in Diego Garcia, where one crashed, fortunately with no fatalities.
 
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RE: Any Usaf B-1s In Europe?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:19 am

Quoting Cheshire (Reply 1):
B-1s used in Operation Iraqi Freedom were also based in Diego Garcia, where one crashed, fortunately with no fatalities.

There was a nosegear collapse on landing, but no airframe was lost. Calling it a crash is a little harsh.
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RE: Any Usaf B-1s In Europe?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:30 am

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 2):
There was a nosegear collapse on landing, but no airframe was lost. Calling it a crash is a little harsh.

I'd call everybody ejecting and the aircraft going to the bottom of the ocean a crash -- wouldn't you?

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/a...12/12/ret.bomber.rescue/index.html

edit: well ok this crash was before iraqi freedom.....

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RE: Any Usaf B-1s In Europe?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:52 am

Right. There was that crash during Operation Enduring Freedom.... The nosegear incident was Operation Iraqi Freedom. One word makes a big difference.
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