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B-1 bombers resuming operations less than 2 weeks after fleet grounded

B-1 bombers have been cleared for takeoff nearly two weeks after the entire fleet was grounded.

“We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force Commander.

Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana ordered a “safety stand-down” of all B-1 bombers on June 7.

That decision came more than a month after a B-1 from Dyess Air Force base in Abilene made an emergency landing in Midland on May 1.

During the investigation, an issue with ejection seat components (egress components) was discovered.

"The stand-down allowed the command time to thoroughly evaluate the egress components and determine potential risks before returning to flight," the Air Force said in a news release.

That investigation is still ongoing.

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