The first B-1B bomber is expected to reach the 10,000-hour flying mark sometime in June 2010, according to officials at Tinker AFB, Okla., home of the B-1 system program office and site of the bomber's maintenance and sustainment activities. There are 66 B-1s in service today. Originally envisioned with a 20-year service life back in 1985, B-1s are currently scheduled to remain in the fleet until around 2040. Here, Trevor Aldridge prepares a B-1 for a modification during maintenance at Tinker, June 4, 2010.
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