The B-1 bomber, that Carter-era relic originally designed to fly low and fast to evade Soviet air defenses, has added itself to the ever-growing laundry list of platforms used in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Rapid City Journal (hometown paper for Ellsworth AFB, where your humble scribe has stopped to gas-up Tomcats (that Nixon-era relic) a bunch of times) reports:
The wheels of two B-1B Lancers hit the Ellsworth Air Force Base runway Wednesday morning bringing home eight airmen from an airstrike mission in Libya.Two jets, 100 bombs, and beaucoup flight hours for those blue suiters. What else are they gonna do? Let the B-2 boys have all the fun?
"We, of course, were striking military targets that were designed to protect the Libyan population," said Col. Jeffrey Taliaferro, 28th Bomb Wing Commander. "It was nearly 100 targets, nearly 100 weapons and those weapons did achieve their intended effects."
(Gouge - PC)