February 15th, 2007
B-1 Bomber Seen Over Baghdad info
PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil
reports via IM seeing a USAF B-1 bomber patrolling the skies over Baghdad in daylight. The bomber circled the city for about 75 minutes between 4 and 6 PM Baghdad time. The altitude was estimated to be between 3 and 4 kilometers above the city.
As far as is known B-1 bombers have not been flown over Baghdad since the shooting phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. B-1’s have recently be used in close air-support missions in Afghanistan:
“Air Force B-1 Lancers and Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided close-air support for ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Musa Qal’eh. The B-1s expended GBU-38 bombs successfully within parameters of three potential enemy buildings. The GR-7s expended rockets and enhanced Paveway II munitions on enemy positions successfully suppressing enemy fire.”