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A “crimped” part prevented an ejection seat from a stricken B-1B Lancer bomber from firing in May during an in-flight emergency, forcing the aircrew to land the bomber rather than abandon a stranded crew member, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters on Tuesday.

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The Air Force on Friday formally recognized the actions of the B-1B Lancer bomber aircrew that saved both themselves and their aircraft amid a fiery emergency landing in May, officials announced on Saturday.

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The Air Force intends to award medals to an aircrew for saving themselves and their B-1B Lancer bomber in a fiery emergency landing in May, recognizing their coolness under pressure during a "tense and highly critical situation" that was any commander's worst nightmare, service officials confirmed today.

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The United States Air Force’s 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota could become the first Rockwell International B-1B Lancer unit to be equipped with Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Crews at the base started to train on the new weapon earlier this month.

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North Korea on Sept. 25 said it interpreted a tweet from President Donald Trump as a declaration of war and threatened to shoot down U.S. B-1B Lancer strategic bombers even if they weren't flying in its airspace — but such an attack is easier said than done.

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The U.S. displayed its military might by flying long-range bombers and fighter jets off the coast of North Korea yesterday, while the belligerent nation’s foreign minister called President Trump a “mentally deranged person” whose insults could spark rockets to rain down across the “entire U.S. mainland.”

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