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Reserve crew flies B-1B involved in May 2018 IFE

B-1B involved in May IFE departs Midland

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off from Midland International Air & Space Port, Texas en route to Tinker AFB, Okla., Oct. 26, 2018. The B-1B has spent six months at Midland since the crew made an emergency landing there May 1, 2018. The aircraft will undergo complete depot maintenance, which includes a complete review, repair, restore and replacement of aircraft components, by experts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex before returning to Dyess. In addition, the aircraft will undergo Block 16 upgrade modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

B-1B involved in May IFE departs Midland

U.S. Air Force pilots and weapons systems officers assigned to the 10th Flight Test Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., prepare to fly a Dyess AFB, Texas, B-1B Lancer from Midland International Air & Space Port, Oct. 26, 2018. The B-1B has spent six months at Midland since the crew made an emergency landing there May 1, 2018. The aircraft will undergo complete depot maintenance, which includes a complete review, repair, restore and replacement of aircraft components, by experts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex before returning to Dyess. In addition, the aircraft will undergo Block 16 upgrade modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

B-1B involved in May IFE departs Midland

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Griffin, 10th Flight Test Squadron B-1B Lancer co-pilot from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., conducts preflight checks in the cockpit of a Dyess AFB, Texas, B-1B at Midland International Air & Space Port, Oct. 23, 2018. A crew from the 10th Flight Test Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flew the aircraft from Midland to Tinker AFB Oct. 26. The B-1B has spent six months at Midland since the crew made an emergency landing there May 1, 2018. The aircraft will undergo complete depot maintenance, which includes a complete review, repair, restore and replacement of aircraft components, by experts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex before returning to Dyess. In addition, the aircraft will undergo Block 16 upgrade modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Susan Roberts)

B-1B involved in May IFE departs Midland

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, rests on the flightline at Midland International Air & Space Port, Oct. 23, 2018. A crew from the 10th Flight Test Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flew the aircraft from Midland to Tinker AFB Oct. 26. The B-1B has spent six months at Midland since the crew made an emergency landing there May 1, 2018. The aircraft will undergo complete depot maintenance, which includes a complete review, repair, restore and replacement of aircraft components, by experts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex before returning to Dyess. In addition, the aircraft will undergo Block 16 upgrade modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Susan Roberts)

MIDLAND, Texas -- The B-1B Lancer that has been located at the Midland International Air & Space Port since May 1 when the aircrew made an emergency landing, was flown from Midland to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Oct. 26.

After undergoing a safety investigation board and maintenance to get the aircraft into a safely operable condition, an Air Force Reserve crew from the 10th Flight Test Squadron flew the aircraft to Tinker AFB. While at Tinker AFB, the B-1B will undergo depot maintenance and upgrades at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, be quality tested by the 10th FLTS, and be returned to the Dyess AFB B-1B Lancer fleet upon completion.

During a routine training flight May 1, the B-1B indicated fire warnings in three areas of the aircraft. All but one was extinguished by taking appropriate flight procedures, prompting the aircraft commander to heed technical orders and command a controlled manual ejection.

The first aircrew member attempted to eject, but the seat failed to deploy. Alerted by another crewmember, the aircraft commander halted the ejection sequence and decided to attempt a two-engine emergency landing.

Despite auditory warning systems, depressurization and wind noise, the aircrew safely landed in Midland, making it the first-ever successful landing of a B-1B experiencing these malfunctions.

For their heroism, the crew members were each presented the Distinguished Flying Cross in a ceremony July 13 at Dyess AFB.

The 10th FLTS is a geographically separated unit of the 413th Flight Test Group that conducts functional check flights and acceptance check flights in B-1, B-52, E-3 and KC-135 aircraft.