17 Facts About B-1 Lancer


Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force.

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B-1 Lancer was first envisioned in the 1960s as a platform that would combine the Mach 2 speed of the B-58 Hustler with the range and payload of the B-52, and was meant to ultimately replace both bombers.

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B-1 Lancer again vetoed funding for AMSA aircraft development in 1968.

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B-1 Lancer changed its name to Rockwell International and named its aircraft division North American Aircraft Operations in 1973.

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In particular, Senator William Proxmire continually derided the B-1 Lancer in public, arguing it was an outlandishly expensive dinosaur.

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B-1 Lancer was informed of the relatively new work on stealth aircraft that had started in 1975, and he decided that this was a better approach than the B-1.

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In 1981, it was believed the B-1 Lancer could be in operation before the ATB, covering the transitional period between the B-52's increasing vulnerability and the ATB's introduction.

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The primary argument in favor of the B-1 Lancer was its large conventional weapon payload, and that its takeoff performance allowed it to operate with a credible bomb load from a much wider variety of airfields.

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B-1 Lancer has a blended wing body configuration, with variable-sweep wing, four turbofan engines, triangular ride-control fins and cruciform tail.

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The B-1 Lancer has been equipped to carry the ALE-50 towed decoy system.

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B-1 Lancer holds 61 FAI world records for speed, payload, distance, and time-to-climb in different aircraft weight classes.

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B-1 Lancer has been upgraded since production, beginning with the "Conventional Mission Upgrade Program", which added a new MIL-STD-1760 smart-weapons interface to enable the use of precision-guided conventional weapons.

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The B-1 received the official name "Lancer" on 15 March 1990.

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B-1 Lancer was first used in combat in support of operations in Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998, employing unguided GP weapons.

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The aim was to detect and engage several small craft using existing weapons and tactics developed from conventional warfare against ground targets; the B-1 Lancer is seen as a useful asset for maritime duties such as patrolling shipping lanes.

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From August 2014 to January 2015, the B-1 Lancer accounted for eight percent of USAF sorties during Operation Inherent Resolve.

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One B-1 Lancer conducted a warm-pit refuel at Bodø Main Air Station, marking the first landing inside Norway's Arctic Circle, and integrated with four Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripen fighters.

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