The B-6B Lancer-B-36 “Stub” bomber is the world’s longest-lived fighter, with an estimated life span of more than 50 years.
In March, the United States Department of Defense announced that the Lancer B-56, a modified version of the original Lancer, had successfully flown.
The Lancer’s predecessor, the L-4B Lancers, were retired in December of 2013.
The B36, the next generation, is still in production and could be ready to fly by 2020.
The B-2A Lancer bomber was also the first B-3 to be retired.
This aircraft had a total of 20 operational missions, according to the Air Force, and was designated as a combat mission aircraft.
The aircraft was assigned to the 657th Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB in Florida.
B-52 bombers were also retired in March.
A single B-52, nicknamed “Pilgrim,” will remain in service until at least 2040.
This plane was the last B-5E bomber to be deployed into the Korean War, after the Soviet Union lost control of the plane in June 1950.
The last American B-1 bomber, known as the B-24, was retired in 2018.
There are currently two B-27L bombers flying in service with the United Kingdom, one at RAF Fairford, the other at RAF Waddington, both in England.
F-15E Strike Eagles are also retiring.
An F-15A Strike Eagle, also known as a “pilot-in-command” aircraft, was designated in November 2016 as the “Boeing F-22 Raptor,” after the stealthy fighter jet that was supposed to replace the F-117 stealth fighter.
This F-35 Lightning II, nicknamed the “Polaris,” is being retired after just 10 years in service.
The stealthy jet, originally known as “Black Hawk” in the United Arab Emirates, has already been in service for 20 years.
The US Air Force plans to replace it with the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, a more capable version of Lockheed Martin’s F-16.
Lockheed Martin’s new F-17E/F Joint Strike Fighter, which will be built by Boeing, will be the first of its kind to enter service.
As part of its modernization efforts, Boeing is building the F/A-18C/D/E Super Hornets.
These Super Hornets are the first fighters to be made with a large-scale engine, and are expected to be delivered in 2019.
In the mid-2020s, the Navy is planning to retire its F/B-1E, the first stealthy aircraft, after a decade in service, due to its aging engine and design.
The Navy has already announced plans to retire the F8Y-4, the fourth generation F-4 Phantom.
For the first time in its history, the US will be building a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and this is scheduled to take place in 2019, with construction to start in 2019 and completion by 2020, according the Navy.
Two B-35Es, the B2, and the B3, will also be retiring.
The B3 is the fifth aircraft that the Navy will retire.
It was the first and only aircraft to be equipped with the latest generation of Lockheed’s stealth technology, and will be replaced by the F6F Super Hornett, a variant of the F2H-2 Super Horneteer.
According to the Navy, the F3-21B “Sea Beast” will be replacing the F4M-2 Sea Warrior, which is the last aircraft to fly before the B61-1, the final aircraft to enter operational service.
This is the second aircraft in the Navy’s B61 program, following the F7F-4N Lightning II.
Finally, the Air Command and General Dynamics Land Systems (ADGLS) F-14 Tomcat will be retired in 2020.
The Tomcat was the Navy air superiority fighter that was built under contract to the Lockheed Martin company, and is the Navy version of a Lockheed Martin F-111 Raptor.
Although it has been around for more than 70 years, the Tomcat has yet to receive an upgrade.
In addition, the aircraft has never received an upgrade to its radar system.
“This is a sad day for the Navy,” said Lt.
Gen. James Naughtie, the chief of naval operations, in a statement.
“The F-21 is a symbol of the Navy and the Air force’s enduring capability to defeat any threat.
The Air Force’s legacy of excellence is the backbone of our national security.
We will not rest until we retire this legacy and our future.”
The US Air Forces has a total aircraft fleet of about 9,000