Air Force Global Strike Command said Friday it flew the last Lancer for decommissioning to an aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AF Base in Arizona and the move will allow its maintenance crew to focus more on the health of the remaining 45 units in the active B-1B inventory.
“Beginning to retire these legacy bombers allows us to pave the way for the B-21 Raider,” said Brig. Gen. Kenyon Bell, director of logistics and engineering at AFGSC.
Bell added that keeping the now-retired Lancers would have cost the Air Force as much as $30 million per unit in maintenance costs until the next-generation aircraft enters service.
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said at the Air, Space & Cyber Conference that efforts are underway to assemble five test articles of the Long Range Strike Bomber.