Fewer Than Ten U.S. B-1 Bombers Are Ready for Action

Fewer Than Ten U.S. B-1 Bombers Are Ready for Action
U.S. Air Force photo A1C Jacob Skovo

The U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-1B bombers is undergoing a readiness crises that has resulted in less than ten of 62 bombers capable of carrying out missions. The low readiness rating is almost certainly the worst among the U.S. military's combat aircraft and reduces the overall number of bombers by almost a third.

Air Force Times, which broke the news, reports that the number of fully capable B-1Bs is currently in the “single digits.” According to June 2019 issue of Air Force Magazine, the service is supposed to have 62 B-1Bs in operation. The problem is so bad that B-1 air crews are being temporarily assigned to other airframes.

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