WATCH A B-1B Do Touch-And-Go’s at The Casper Airport
The picture above is an actual photo of a B-1B flying over the runway at the Natrona County Airport in Casper, Wyoming.
Below is a video of the action.
As most people in Wyoming know, Natrona County International Airport was originally a training base for World War II bombers and fighters.
The long heavy runways were constructed to train young aviators before they were sent off to the European or Pacific wars.
Today, it's a regular airport for private and commercial traffic. But that doesn't mean it's no longer used for military training.
Blackhawk helicopters regularly land there.
Wyoming Air National Guard C1-30s touch and go on a regular basis.
More recently, a B-1B Lancer did a few "touch and go's." That must have been an exciting site for those working at the airport.
For those airplane GEEKS out there (people like me...)
The B-1 was designed in the 1960s as a platform that would combine the Mach 2 speed with a long-range. Most airplanes could only do one or the other.
After a long series of studies, Rockwell International (now part of Boeing) won the design contest for what emerged as the B-1A. What you see in the photo above is the B-1B over Casper runway 21. The video is below.
Nicknamed “The Bone,” the B-1B Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985. The aircraft is on track to continue flying, at current demanding operations tempo, out to 2040 and beyond, and Boeing partners with the Air Force to keep the B-1 mission ready. Originally designed for nuclear capabilities, the B-1 switched to an exclusively conventional combat role in the mid-1990s.
In 1999, during Operation Allied Force, six B-1s flew 2 percent of the strike missions, yet dropped 20 percent of the ordnance, and during Operation Enduring Freedom the B-1 flew on 2 percent of the sorties while dropping over 40 percent of the precision weapons. The B-1 has been nearly continuously deployed in combat operations over Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.(BOEING).
But enough of this. LET'S SEE THE VIDEO!
Let's have a look at the video that was posted by the Natrona County International Airport on their Facebook page.
A big thank you to whoever was holding the camera steady.
I only wish we could provide for you the actual, in-person, audio of what one of these things sounds like up close.