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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Dec 2017 5:49 p.m. PST

In another sign of the maintenance challenges facing the U.S. military after years of budget cuts, the Air Force B-1B bomber that flew to South Korea from Guam today was forced to leave behind its wingman…


28mm Fanatik06 Dec 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

The B-1 is probably harder and more costly to maintain than the venerable B-52's.

Cacique Caribe06 Dec 2017 7:07 p.m. PST

These news I'm sure embolden our enemies every time.


Charlie 12 Inactive Member06 Dec 2017 8:23 p.m. PST

Against the NORKs? You're joking, of course.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

NORKs…. Hehehehahaha, perfect!

Apache 609 Dec 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

If the article was sourced as stated, the "Air Force officer" should be disciplined, and he should find another line of work at the end of his tour.

M1911Colt Inactive Member10 Dec 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

Its not surprising really. We're talking about an aircraft the last of which was built 30 years ago. Its hard enough getting parts for a early 2000's car. Let alone a limited production vehicle. They built like what a 100 or so of them? Not surprising that there is issues with maintenance.

Caedite Eos10 Dec 2017 10:57 p.m. PST

That's an astonishingly poorly written article. Aircrews scavenge for parts at the boneyard to keep flying? This isn't Fallout yet

M1911Colt Inactive Member11 Dec 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

See post above. It happens. They dont tool up lines to build parts for planes built thirty years ago. Once there gone, they scavenge.
It makes me think of the original Battletech, during the succession wars. None of the houses had the ability to build new mechs. Victors scavenged the battlefield. I used to think this was dumb. But after being involved in the parts business for years now. I can totally understand it. Companies dont tool up lines (Assuming they still even have the plans, and or machinery/tooling required) for vehicles that have not been built for decades. Even if they did have all that it would not be profitable to do a limited production run, of particular parts for the aircraft. Especially when it's slated to be replaced by the B21 Raider, beginning in eight years. The corporate ideal is to do away with excess stock before the vehicle leaves circulation. As not to leave the company holding parts for a plane that will never be needed again. A warehouse of parts for a b1 bomber will be a financial loss for a company in eight years.

Caedite Eos12 Dec 2017 2:38 a.m. PST

Yes, I appreciate stripping parts from inventory, surplus and damaged aircraft happens – it always has done – hence the pics of silver B17s with a misfit olive wing.

My point is that this article gives the impression it's the aircrew themselves scrambling across the Mojave before they can fly their mission.

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