B-1B Lancer bomber exploded on the runway at Dyess Airport in Texas

WASHINGTON — A B-1B Lancer bomber on the runway at Texas Dyess Airport exploded during “routine maintenance,” the base said in a press release. Two people were injured in the accident and were transported to the hospital, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing Defense 24.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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The runway accident happened on Wednesday, April 22, at around 10 pm, when the 317th Air Transport Wing was conducting an exercise known as “Medium Thrift”.

The wounded were transported to Hendrik South Medical Center, about 10 miles from the base. A spokeswoman for the base did not explain whether the two wounded were members of the service, calling them only “US Department of Defense personnel.”

This is the first incident involving these strategic bombers since last May, when their flights were re-authorized after the April 8, 2021 incident. The fuel pump filter housing was then damaged during the flight. The bomber then had to make an emergency landing at the USAF airbase in Ellsworth, South Dakota.

The US command then decided to deactivate the bomber fleet until the necessary repairs to the filter were made, which could lead to serious damage or an accident.

The B-1B bombers have been in service in the United States since the late 1980s. These are long-range machines with variable wing geometry. Currently, the B-1B bombers are designed to carry only conventional weapons. For example, they can launch JASSM-ER cruise missiles with a range of more than 900 km. The use of machines of this type allows you to carry out mass attacks with a large number of precision weapons.

Currently, USAF has 45 machines available, several more are reserved. Maybe the Air Force will decide to recreate one of the bombers to make up for the loss.


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