U.S. hit Iranian targets with B-1B Lancer
According to various sources that investigated the U.S.’s attack on Iran, several types of aircraft were involved in the operations. CENTOM recently announced that the U.S. Air Force dropped no less than 125 precision munitions on 85 targets in Iraq and Syria. John Kirby, communications officer at the American National Security Council (NSC), specified that the 85 targets were dispersed within seven sites (3 in Iraq and 4 in Syria). The video images of F-18 aircraft launching from aircraft carriers were also shared.
On the American side, not all the aircraft used are known. CENTCOM officials confirmed that A-10C Thunderbolt II Close Air Support (CAS) and attack aircraft from the 354th squadron were used. However, the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber was also involved. This information was confirmed by Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims II, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
It is estimated that B-1B Lancer flew over the Atlantic Ocean and Europe with in-flight refuelling because the entire U.S. Air Force strategic bombers fleet is based in the United States.