A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber made its maiden appearance at the Aero India 2021 exhibition in Bengaluru, India.
The bomber, which was deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota along with more that 40 Airmen, showcased the long-range strike platform’s capabilities during a live aerial demonstration.
This was a historic moment and also marks the first time an American bomber has touched down in India in the history of the Republic of India. The last time a bomber was on Indian soil was more than 75 years ago — October 1945 — when India was under British rule.
The bomber was flown alongside an Indian Air Force (IAF) Tejas fighter jet during the flyover.
“Bomber participation demonstrates the strength of our partnership and our shared commitment to global security and a rules-based international order,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, who was among the U.S. military delegates in attendance. “Our presence and engagement today is one of great historical significance that we hope to build on in the years ahead.”