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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nichols, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, center left, and Col. Ken Eaves, the 131st Bomb Wing commander, display the Omaha Trophy at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 8, 2018. The award was awarded to Team Whiteman by U.S. Strategic Command and the Strategic Command Council for executing the best Strategic Bomber Operations of 2017. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Jovan Banks) STRATCOM Commander Presents Omaha Trophy to 509th, 131st Bomb Wings
Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, awarded the Omaha Trophy to the men and women of the 509th Bomb Wing and 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, May 8, 2018.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force selects locations for B-21 aircraft
The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s.
0 5/02
2018
Default Air Force Logo BLUE Episode 24: The Bombers
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – With the ability to carry almost any weapon the Air Force has to offer, Strategic bombers are a mainstay in the U.S. arsenal. Just the threat of using one can be enough to change the enemy's mind. In this edition of BLUE we find out how the Air Force uses strategic bombers for more than just delivering weapons.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force outlines future of bomber force
The Air Force outlined plans for its bomber fleet in its Fiscal Year 2019 President’s Budget Request February 12, 2019.
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2018
Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi.
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2017
A B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., lands on the flightline at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 9, 2017. The B-2 regularly conducts strategic bomber missions that demonstrate the credibility of the bomber forces to address a global security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara III) Air Force B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers arrive in UK
Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers joined B-1B Lancers and B-52H Stratofortresses June 9, 2017, to participate in theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations. Three B-52Hs from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and three B-1Bs from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, along with approximately 800 Airmen, are currently supporting exercises Saber Strike and Baltic Operations in the U.S. European Theater.
0 6/09
2017
Two B-2 Sprit stealth bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, taxi down the runway as they prepare to takeoff during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Two B-2s departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri for a transatlantic flight to Libya on Jan. 18 in what would become the B-2’s first combat mission since Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum) Weapons school officers employ total force training during Libya B-2 strike
Two B-2 Spirit bombers departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, for a transatlantic flight to Libya Jan. 18 in what would become the B-2’s first combat mission since Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Feb. 3
On this look around the Air Force, three B-2 bombers return to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, after a deployment, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, has begun construction of a next generation 9-1-1 call center, U. S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa has a new command chief, and February is American Heart Month. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Cory Kuttler.
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2017
A KC-135 Strantotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing refuels a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing in the late hours of Jan. 18, 2017, during a mission that targeted Islamic State training camps in Libya. The B-2’s low-observability provides it greater freedom of action at high altitudes, thus increasing its range and a better field of view for the aircraft's sensors. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles (9,600 kilometers). (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) AF refuelers enable B-2 strike against ISIL in Libya
KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender crews from five bases on three continents provided aerial refueling support during the B-2 Spirit bomber mission which struck two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant training camps in Libya Jan. 18, 2017.
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2017
Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, Randall G. Walden, the director and program executive officer of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, and Lt. Gen. James Holmes, the deputy chief of staff, strategic plans and requirements, gives a thumbs-up to the B-21 bomber's new name during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. The B-21 will be known as the Raider. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield)
B-21: Modernizing the bomber fleet
Following the Air Force secretary’s announcement that the new long-range strike bomber would be called the B-21 Raider, Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, said during a session at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19 the name brought the past and present Air Force full circle by linking a success from the past with modernization that is currently taking shape with the new bomber -- and must continue to keep the Air Force ahead of its enemies.
0 9/20
2016
Rowland Ball served as a B-29 Superfortress navigator during the tail end of World War II. He flew 27 missions out of Guam and left soon after the war ended. After 71 years, the 91-year-old received the opportunity to come back to Andersen Air Force Base, known as Northfield in 1945, and share stories about his experiences on Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) WWII aviator returns to Guam after 71 years, gets unexpected surprise
The year was 1945 during the tail end of World War II. The sound of roaring aircraft engines and boots on the ground filled the air, raising decibel levels to resounding heights. For Rowland Ball, now 91, the sounds became familiar and today serve as a nostalgic reminder of his time as a B-29 Superfortress navigator.
0 8/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Aug. 19
On this look around the Air Force all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s bombers -- the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit -- conduct a mission together, and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs practice tactical takeoff and landing scenarios on a highway in Estonia.
0 8/19
2016
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit fly over Guam after launching from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation Aug.17, 2016. This mission marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. As of Aug. 15, the B-1 Lancer will be temporarily deployed to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Smoot) Bomber trio participates in first integrated bomber operation in Pacific
History was made Aug. 17 when all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic power projection bombers, the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, simultaneously took to the sky during their first integrated bomber operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
0 8/17
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Aug. 12
On this look around the Air Force, the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force discuss the budget and operations during the State of the Air Force; the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit and B-52 Straotofortress make history in Guam; and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa gets a new commander.
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2016
A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit sit beside one another on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug.10, 2016. This marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. The B-1 Lancer, which arrived at Andersen Aug. 6, will replace the B-52 in support of the U.S. Strategic Command Continuous Bomber Presence mission. The CBP bomber swap between the B-1 and B-52 is occurring throughout the month of August as the B-1s return to support this mission for the first time since April 2006. In addition to the CBP bomber swap, three B-2s arrived in theater to conduct a Bomber Assurance and Deterrence deployment. The CBP mission and BAAD deployments are part of a long-standing history of maintaining a consistent bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in order to maintain regional stability, and provide assurance to our allies and partners in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger) All global strike bombers deploy to Andersen, maintain stability in PACOM theater
Air Force Global Strike Command's three strategic bombers, the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, are all in the U.S. Pacific Command region conducting the area's first integrated operational mission for all three bombers.
0 8/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo B-2s conduct deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific
Three B-2 Spirits deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to Andersen AFB, Guam, in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations Aug. 9.
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2016
Master Sgt. Jeremy Michael Hord, 379th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, checks the screws of a B-52 Stratofortress May 20, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Hord achieved a career milestone when he launched his third type of bomber, a B-52 Stratofortress, into combat April 14 here. Now, Hord can say he has launched every type of bomber currently serving in the U.S. Air Force’s fleet. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño/Released) Crew chief scores AF ‘hat trick’
Master Sgt. Jeremy Michael Hord, the 379th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, recently scored an Air Force hat trick by finally launching every active bomber in the Air Force’s inventory into combat.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo B-2s conduct deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific
Three B-2 Spirits deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations March 8.
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2016
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh stressed the importance of executing the Global Strike mission and expressed his gratitude to the total force Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joel Pfiester) CSAF celebrates Whiteman total force excellence
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Feb. 16-18 to engage with civic leaders and meet Airmen of the world's only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber base.
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2016
B-2 Spirit pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, shows the certificate of achievement recognizing his 1000 flying-hour milestone at the end of a B-2 training mission at Whiteman Air Force Base, August 23, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon) ANG B-2 pilot surpasses 1,000 hours
The landing gear touched down and the aircraft skimmed down the runway just as it had many times before. This time, though, a routine flying mission became a major achievement for the 131st Bomb Wing as well as a career milestone for Lt. Col. Ryan "Poacher" Bailey, a Missouri Air National Guardsman who surpassed 1,000 flying-hours in the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber here Aug. 23.
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2014
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