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High Tech U.S. Bomber Crashes in South Dakota

During a training mission on Thursday, a B-1 Lancer bomber crashed in South Dakota, compelling the entire crew to eject.

The accident landing occurred at Ellsworth Air Force Base at 5:50 p.m. as part of a training exercise.

At the moment of the accident, automated weather reporting equipment documenting airfield conditions indicated poor visibility, low clouds, and freezing temperatures.

According to the Associated Press, B-1 bombers have been in service since the 1980s, with Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and Ellsworth Air Force Base employing approximately sixty of them.

During the early 2000s, the aircraft was utilized extensively in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Recognized as the backbone of the United States’ long-range bomber force, the aircraft transports the most conventional payload of guided and unguided munitions in the Air Force inventory.

Although initially constructed to a total of 100, less than 60 are currently operational at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and Ellsworth.

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