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Roaring B-1 Bombers Light up the Guam Night As They Takeoff For South Korean Peninsula

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo-Lane

B-1B Lancer bombers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess AFB, Texas conducted a “sequenced bilateral mission” with South Korean F-15 and Japanese F-2 fighter jets this weekend, in response to “increasingly escalatory actions” by North Korea (most recently on July 3 when they launched an ICBM test).

The USAF called it, “part of the continuing demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies against the growing threat from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.”

The B-1s took off from Andersen AFB, Guam, for the 10 hour mission to practice attack capabilities and drop inert weapons in a precision strike training exercise at the Pilsung Range, near the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

They also flew a bilateral mission with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15’s over the East China Sea on July 6, marking the first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1s have flown combined training with JASDF fighters at night.

Bilateral training fosters increased interoperability between Japan and U.S. aircraft,” said the USAF. “Participating in bilateral training enables the operational units to improve their combined capabilities and tactical skills, while also building bilateral confidence and strong working relationships.”

Check out some of the images from their weekend below.

Credit: USAF / Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger
a bilateral mission with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15’s over the East China Sea, July 6, 2017. This mission marks the first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with JASDF fighters at night, demonstrating our increasing combined capabilities. Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo
Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo
Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo
Credit: USAF / Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger
Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo
Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo
Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo

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Written by Mike Killian

Mike Killian

Killian is an accomplished aerospace photographer and writer, specializing in rocket launch and air-to-air aviation imagery. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments, including working as a photographer for Breitling Jet Team in 2016.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.