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USAF B-1B Lancer Hot-Pit Refuels In Poland

A US Army Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft refuels at Powidz Air Base, Poland, 12 March 2021 [US Air Force: SrA John R Wright]

A USAF B-1B Lancer aircraft currently forward deployed to Norway yesterday undertook a hot-pit refuel at Powidz Air Base in Poland.

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Yesterday [12 March] a US Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft arrived for hot-pit refuelling at Powidz Air Base, in Poland. The operation was part of a Bomber Task Force mission practising elements of Agile Combat Employment. Hot-pit refuelling saves valuable time and allows the US Air Force to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support.

A US Army Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft arrives for hot-pit refuelling at Powidz Air Base, 12 March 2021
[US Air Force: SrA John R Wright]

This operation marked the first time a B-1B has ever landed in Poland, demonstrating US commitment to allies and partners, and stability in the Baltic Region. On 3rd February it was announced that an expeditionary B-1 Lancer bomber squadron would arrive in Norway to support upcoming Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions out of Ørland Air Base.

A US Army Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft departs after a hot-pit refuel at Powidz Air Base, 12 March 2021
[US Air Force: SrA John R Wright]
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