COLORADO SPRINGS - Two B1-B Lancer bombers from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas flew over the Air Force-Army football game in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
News Channel 13 was able to obtain exclusive video from inside the cockpit of the lead plane that made the first pass over the stadium. There are just 62 B1-B bombers currently in active service in the Air Force and Air Force reserve. The Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy bomber. The first B1’s entered service in 1986. A total of 100 planes were delivered to the Air Force. Just over 60 still fly today.
In person, they are powerful, impressive and loud. The two B1’s assigned to this mission arrived a bit early, so they loitered over the Colorado Springs waiting to make their individual passes. The video inside the B1 for this story was shot with GoPro cameras. Other angles came from KRDO-TV cameras inside and outside Falcon Stadium
The overflights, however, did not provide a boost to the Air Force Academy football team. They went down to defeat 21 to 0.