Side nose view of a B-1B 'Lancer' EL "Tigers" on display from the 37th Bomb Squadron, Air Combat Command (ACC) at Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD. AF86-098 "Freedom One".
The host unit at Ellsworth is the 28th Bomb Wing (28 BW) assigned to the Global Strike Command's Eighth Air Force. The 28 BW is one of the Air Force's two B-1B Lancer wings. In 1986, the base and the 28 BMW made extensive preparations to phase out the B-52 fleet and become the second home for the advanced B-1B Lancer. Contractors.. gave Ellsworth's 13,497-foot runway a much-needed facelift. In addition, they completed new aircraft maintenance facilities for the complex new aircraft. The last of the 28 BMW's B-52Hs left in early 1986 and in January 1987, the wing received the first of 35 B-1B bombers. -[wiki]
Photo by Bob Nelson on Sunday, August 13, 1995 at the Fargo Airsho.