US lands 1st B-1B bomber on Korean Peninsula in 20 years in show of force
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published: September 22, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States landed a B-1B Lancer in South Korea for the first time in 20 years Wednesday, labeling it the “closest flight ever to North Korea” by the supersonic bomber.
It was the second aerial show of force since the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test earlier this month in tit-for-tat actions on the already-tense peninsula.
A pair of Air Force B-1B Lancers, accompanied by seven South Korean and U.S. fighter jets, flew over Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul. The flights came a day after North Korea claimed it successfully tested a powerful new rocket engine that could launch satellites.
One of the bombers landed at the base; U.S. Forces Korea declined to say how long it would remain there.