B-1B Bomber Spotted For The First Time Carrying New Bunker Buster Bomb Externally | Aviation

A close up showing the bomb, that appears to be a GBU-72/B carried externally by the B-1B. The insets show the differences between the GBU-72 and the GBU-31v3 (Image credit: The Aviationist, using photo by Ian Recchio)

Photos show the B-1 carrying a large bomb on the forward right hard point. And it looks like it’s GBU-72/B, the new 5,000 pound “Bunker Buster”.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber was spotted flying over the Mojave desert with an interesting detail under its fuselage: the BONE (from “B-One”, as the aircraft is unofficially nicknamed) was, in fact, carrying what looks like a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition under the forward right hard point.

The photos were taken and shared with us by photographer Ian Recchio (@lookunderocks on Instagram), who shot them earlier this year and noticed the interesting payload while checking the photo on his screen.

The B-1B during the test on Mar. 19, 2024. (Image credit: Ian Recchio)

“On March 19th, 2024 I was shooting aircraft and reptiles in the Mojave desert, just north of Owens Lake and heard some chatter on my scanner about “Torch” flying in the area. It is not uncommon to see the Edwards B-1 flying in this area,” said Recchio in an email. “On this day, although I could not confirm definitively it was the Edwards B-1, it appeared while refueling on a KC-135 which is not so common to see, so of…

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