The grounding of the B-1 fleet occurred weeks after a bomber made an emergency landing at an airport in Midland, Texas
The U.S. air force says it will resume the B-1 bomber flights “this week, after a fleet-wide grounding of the supersonic bomber earlier this month due to a problem with the ejection system.
Air Force Global Strike Command, based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, announces the resumption of the activities in a statement, but said that the issue with the “output system” remains in research and made no mention of the issue, although it is said that the threat to the crew is now reduced.
“We have a high confidence that the fleet in the egress systems are suitable and the fleet is ready to return to normal operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force Commander, who is the head of the Air Force’s bomber force.
The grounding of the B-1 fleet occurred weeks after a B-1B Lancer made an emergency landing at a civilian airport in Midland, Texas. The four members of the crew on board the plane were not injured.
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“During the safety investigation process after an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, a problem with the ejector seat parts, it was discovered that necessitated the stand-down,” Air Force Global Strike officials said at the time.
Images surfaced in the time on Facebook purporting to show a burned out motor of the incident, according to Military.com. The photos showed the B-1B was the lack of a ceiling hatch, which led to speculation of an in-flight ejection, according to the website.
The back of the ceiling hatch, which hovers above one of the offensive or defensive weapons systems officer was open, but all four crew members were depicted sitting on the Midland flightline in photos, according to Military.com.
Unidentified persons told the popular Facebook-group air force, amn/Nco/Snco that the offensive weapons system officer tried to eject, but the ACES II seat did blow.
The grounding of the bomber fleet affected troops.
In April, a couple of B-1 bombers deployed to Qatar were used to fire 19 missiles in Syria to destroy the research center used for President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program.
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B-1’s were also used last year to fly “show of force” missions in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula, as tensions rise with North Korea.
Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews