B-1B Lancer makes closest flight ever to North Korea

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. This is the first time the Lancer has landed on the Korean peninsula in 20 years. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. This is the first time the Lancer has landed on the Korean peninsula in 20 years. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, lands at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016, as a strategic display of airpower. Today marks the first time the airframe has landed on the Korean peninsula in 20 years, as well as conducting the closest flight near North Korea ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, lands at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016, as a strategic display of airpower. Today marks the first time the airframe has landed on the Korean peninsula in 20 years, as well as conducting the closest flight near North Korea ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Owens, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flight controls journeymen, awaits engine shut-down of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. Today, the Lancer conducted the closest flight to North Korea ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Owens, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flight controls journeymen, awaits engine shut-down of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. Today, the Lancer conducted the closest flight to North Korea ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomer mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force Inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomer mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force Inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a low level flight over Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a low level flight over Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

The low level  flight of a B-1B Lancer is tracked by Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, and Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

The low level flight of a B-1B Lancer is tracked by Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, and Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, makes a low-level pass before landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

A U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, makes a low-level pass before landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Republic of Korea F-15K Slam Eagle pilots are greeted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force Commander, following a landing of the B1-B Lancer at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. ROKAF F-15s and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons escorted the B1-B, which is deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, over Osan before landing. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Republic of Korea F-15K Slam Eagle pilots are greeted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force Commander, following a landing of the B1-B Lancer at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. ROKAF F-15s and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons escorted the B1-B, which is deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, over Osan before landing. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), and two F-16s assigned to Osan Air Base, ROK, fly over ROK skies. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), and two F-16s assigned to Osan Air Base, ROK, fly over ROK skies. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and four F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), and two F-16s assigned to Osan Air Base, ROK, fly over ROK skies. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A formation of two B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), and two F-16s assigned to Osan Air Base, ROK, fly over ROK skies. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, is flanked by two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, during flight over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, and two F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly over ROK skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, fly over Republic of Korean skies Sept. 21, 2016. The flight was the closest a B-1 has ever flown to the border between the ROK and North Korea. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (Republic of Korea air force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul)

Crew members of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer and maintenance Airmen from the 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Andersen Air Base, Guam, discuss post flight maintenance at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The crew landed a B-1 on the Korean Peninsula for the first time since 1996, and also conducted the aircraft’s closest flight to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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Crew members of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer and maintenance Airmen from the 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Andersen Air Base, Guam, discuss post flight maintenance at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The crew landed a B-1 on the Korean Peninsula for the first time since 1996, and also conducted the aircraft’s closest flight to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Two maintenance Airmen from the 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Anderson Air Base, Guam, check hydraulic fluid during a post-flight inspection on a B-1B Lancer at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever and is the first to land on the Korean Peninsula since 1996. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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Two maintenance Airmen from the 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Anderson Air Base, Guam, check hydraulic fluid during a post-flight inspection on a B-1B Lancer at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever and is the first to land on the Korean Peninsula since 1996. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, and Republic of Korea air force Maj. Gen. Hong, Jae Ki, Republic of Korea Air Forces Operations Center vice commander, greet F-15K Slam Eagle pilots after a mission escorting a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1, which is the operational backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission, had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, and Republic of Korea air force Maj. Gen. Hong, Jae Ki, Republic of Korea Air Forces Operations Center vice commander, greet F-15K Slam Eagle pilots after a mission escorting a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1, which is the operational backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission, had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Shields, 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals a B-1B Lancer into a parking spot at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever, as well as landing on the Korean Peninsula for the first time since 1996. The B-1 is deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Shields, 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals a B-1B Lancer into a parking spot at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The B-1 had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever, as well as landing on the Korean Peninsula for the first time since 1996. The B-1 is deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a flyover at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The Lancer had just conducted the closest flight to the North Korean border in its operational history, as well as landing on the Korean peninsula for the first time in 20 years. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a flyover at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The Lancer had just conducted the closest flight to the North Korean border in its operational history, as well as landing on the Korean peninsula for the first time in 20 years. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A Republic of Korea air force F-15K Slam Eagle taxis off the runway at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. Several fighter aircraft, including the F-15K, escorted a B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, to Osan after a mission flying the B-1 closest to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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A Republic of Korea air force F-15K Slam Eagle taxis off the runway at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. Several fighter aircraft, including the F-15K, escorted a B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, to Osan after a mission flying the B-1 closest to the North Korean border ever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a low pass at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The Lancer had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Andersen Air Base, Guam, performs a low pass at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2016. The Lancer had just conducted its closest flight to the North Korean border ever. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber mission and is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Osan Air Base --

The strength of a powerful alliance was the catalyst for something historical on the Korean Peninsula as the B-1B Lancer performed a low-level flight near the DMZ, the closest a Lancer has ever flown to the border of the Republic of Korea and North Korea. 

As part of the continuing demonstration of the steadfast United States’ commitment to the Republic of Korea’s defense, the B-1B strategic bomber flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21. This is the first time the bomber has landed on the Korean peninsula since 1996.

Military leadership stated the mission was further evidence of the alliance’s determination to safeguard the Republic of Korea in response to a recent provocative action by North Korea Sept. 9.

“The bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea is ironclad and the strength of that commitment will not be shaken by North Korea’s aggressive behavior,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander. “What we are showing today is just one tool we have to choose from a wide array of options. The alliance grows stronger every day and we remain prepared to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region.”

Lieutenant Gen. Lee, Wang-keun, ROK Air Force Operations commander, also stressed the importance of the Alliance’s commitment to the safety and security of the ROK.

"The Korean Peninsula faces a grave security crisis as a result of North Korea’s fifth nuclear experiment, along with its continued launching of submarine-launched ballistic missiles and ballistic missiles, despite the concerns of the international community,” said Lee. “The ROK-US Combined Air Forces, acutely aware of this climactic situation, maintains a close information-sharing and robust combined-operational capability.”

The aircraft commander of the mission said he was honored be a part of such a historic event and said his communication with Osan officials was flawless.

“It was a simple and seamless process,” said Capt. Bret Cunningham, 34th Bomber Squadron instructor pilot. “I have flown similar missions but nothing quite like this. It is an experience I will never forget.”

The B-1B is capable of carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time. The aircraft holds almost 50 world records for speed, payload, range, and time of climb in its class.

A crew of more than 20 B-1B maintainers arrived at Osan a few days ahead of the landing to make preparations. One of those maintainers was Tech Sgt. Tywone Weston, a jet propulsion craftsman with the 34th Maintenance Squadron.

“The base has been very helpful,” said Weston. “We have had great support and have not had any hang-ups. It is a great feeling to take part in such a historic mission.”

The landing follows a flyover conducted on Sept. 13, as just a first step in furthering the strength of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea.