US to Yelahanka: Bomber flew 26 hrs non-stop – Defence Network

It was a historic first for Aero India 2021: The United States Air Force’s heavy bomber B-1B Lancer flew halfway around the globe — taking 26 hours and four air-fuelling sessions — to land at Yelahanka Air Force Base. The last time a US bomber had landed in India was in October 1945. The supersonic bomber took part in the flypast at the inaugural ceremony, making it a major highlight of the air show that came to an end on Friday, and signalling the US’ dedication to its partnership with India.

“It was a very important event for us. The flight took us about 26 hours to get over here with four separate air-refuelling sessions,” USAF pilot Lt Col Michael Fessler said, sharing his experience. “The United States Air Force and government put a ton of emphasis on making sure we get here and operate with our IAF partners.” The officer said the main objective of bringing the Bomber to the air show was to work on their partnership and build relationships with the Indian Air Force.

Though the USAF and IAF have conducted joint exercises, the Bomber force was, by and large, never a part of it. “The B1B presence at Aero India was to broaden cooperation and our exposure to the Indian Air Force, and showcase what USAF can bring out to support India and our partnership in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

Fessler was all praise for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) pilots who flew with the Bomber during the show. “I am really impressed with the Tejas pilots, their leadership, professionalism and skill are amazing,” he said. “Unfortunately, I never had an opportunity to meet face-to-face the pilots who flew off our wing. However, they were just around 25 feet away in the air,” the USAF pilots said.

Defence News by Defence Network


Recent Posts

India closely monitoring Chinese surface-to-air missile batteries deployed close to LAC

During high-level talks, the Chinese side showed reluctance in disengaging from the remaining friction points…

6 days ago

In Shadian, China, Massacre Memories Shadow New Crackdown on Islam

SHADIAN, China—“Assalamu alaikum,” Ma Zhijun greeted me in Arabic, extending me peace and a broad…

7 days ago

Canada calls out China, climate change as growing concerns in Arctic

VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canadian defense leaders have highlighted climate change and Chinese expansion into…

7 days ago

Indian Defence News in Bengali

Indian defence industry is the most modern and the fastest growing industry of India. In…

3 weeks ago

J 20 Stealth Fighter | After The Fifth-Gen J-20, Why China Is Planning To Build A 4th-Gen Stealth Fighter

China, which boasts a fleet of advanced fifth-generation J-20 fighter jets, is now developing a…

3 weeks ago

Defence News | China ‘happy’ over Pakistan-India ‘active interactions’: FM spokesman

China said on Monday that it was "happy" over the recent "active interactions" between Pakistan…

3 weeks ago

This website uses cookies.