US Air Force sends supersonic bombers for missions over the South China Sea

Two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew a sortie into East China Sea north-east of Taiwan before turning towards Guam today, May 1, reported Aircraft Spots on Twitter.

This follows a sortie by two of the supersonic bombers over the South China Sea, just 2 days ago, according to a press release from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, yesterday.

” This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners, ” the press release said of the April 29 mission.

On April 22 a CONUS-based bomber bilateral training mission saw the B-1 integrated with six US Air Force F-16s, and 15 Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s near Japan, the press release also noted.

The Washington Times pointed out that the April 22 mission was the first time the B-1B Lancer had been visited the region since 2018.

Just one week later the B-1 Lancers were back for an extended operation, and today two more of the aircraft were spotted in the region.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 34-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cyn)
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