Ellsworth B-1B Lancers complete long-range sortie in Europe

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A pair of B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base conducted a long-range strategic bomber task force mission in the European theater May 19th.

The non-stop mission to the Nordic region spanned more than 23-hours.

This marks the first time B-1 Lancers have flown over Sweden to integrate with Swedish Gripens while conducting close-air support training with Swedish Joint Terminal Attack Controller ground teams at Vidsel Range.

During the flight  the B-1’s were escorted by Royal Air Force Typhoons over the United Kingdom. Additionally, the B-1’s integrated with Norwegian F-35’s to fly tactical sorties and conduct a low-approach over Orland Air Station in Norway.

Commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth, Colonel David Doss, said “Operations like this enhance our readiness and ensure we are ready to respond to any contingency or challenge across the globe.”