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Rockwell B-1B Lancer Bomber of the U.S. Air Force

The B-1 is a highly versatile, multi-mission weapon system of the United States Air Force. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. The bomber is commonly called the "Bone" (originally from "B-One").

B-1A S/N 74160, the 3rd B-1 builtB-1A S/N 74160, the 3rd B-1 built

The B-1A was initially developed in the 1970s as a replacement for the B-52 Stratofortress, and built by Rockwell International (now Boeing).

Four prototypes of this long-range, high speed (Mach 2.2) strategic bomber were developed and tested in the mid-1970s, but the program was canceled in 1977 before going into production. Flight testing continued through 1981.

The B-1B is an improved variant initiated by the Reagan administration in 1981. The first production B-1 flew in October 1984, and the first B-1B was delivered to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in June 1985. Initial operational capability was achieved on October 1, 1986.

A total of 100 B-1B aircraft were built, and the final B-1B was delivered by Rockwell to the Air Force on May 2, 1988. The aircraft today are based at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Dyess AFB in Texas.

The active Air Force inventory today is about 65 B-1B aircraft.

General Characteristics of the B-1B Lancer

Contractor: Boeing, North America (formerly Rockwell International, North American Aircraft)
Power plant: Four General Electric F101-GE-102 turbofan engines with afterburner
Thrust: 30,000-plus pounds with afterburner, per engine
Wingspan: 137 feet extended forward, 79 feet swept aft
Length: 146 feet
Height: 34 feet
Weight: approximately 190,000 pounds
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 477,000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 265,274 pounds
Payload: 75,000 pounds
Speed: 900-plus mph (Mach 1.2 at sea level)
Range: Intercontinental
Ceiling: More than 30,000 feet
Crew: Four (aircraft commander, copilot, and two weapon systems officers)

B-1 Aircraft Survivors on Display

The B-1 aircraft that are on display around the U.S. include those listed below. Photographs of several of the B-1B survivors are included on this page.

  • B-1A - Third B-1A (AF s/n 74-0160) - Wings Over the Rockies Museum, at the former Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado.
  • B-1A - Fourth and last B-1A (s/n 74-0174) - Strategic Air and Space Museum near Offutt AFB, Ashland, Nebraska.
  • B-1B (s/n 84-0051) - National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio.
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0065) - Dyess Linear Air Park at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. This was the first aircraft delivered to the Air Force, named "The Star of Abilene".
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0067) - South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Ellsworth AFB is home to one of the two Regular Air Force B-1B wings. (see photos below)
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0068) - Reflections of Freedom Air Park, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas.
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0069) - Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia. (see photos below)
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0070) - Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah. (see photos below)
  • B-1B (s/n 83-0071) "Spit Fire" - Charles B. Hall Airpark at the main gate of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City. (see photos below)

Most Recent Loss of a B-1B Lancer on August 19, 2013 in Montana

A B-1B Lancer crashed in Montana on August 19, 2013. Fortunately, all four crew members ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries. The aircraft was one of 28 Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. The U.S. Air Force is now reported to have only about 60 remaining B-1B Lancers.

B-1B Photos from the Tinker Air Force Base Air Park

Rockwell B-1B Lancer B-1B "Spitfire", S/N 83-0071, of the 28th Bomb Squadron
at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rockwell B-1B Lancer B-1B "Spitfire", S/N 83-0071, on display at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
B-1B Lancer at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
B-1B Lancer on display at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer at the Air Depot Boulevard gate at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer on display at the Air Depot Boulevard gate at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer S/N 83-0071, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer on display at the Air Depot Boulevard gate at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer "Spitfire" at the Air Depot Boulevard gate at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City
Rockwell B-1B Lancer "Spitfire" at the Air Depot Boulevard gate at Tinker AFB Oklahoma City

B-1B Photographs from the Hill Aerospace Museum

Rockwell B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, Hill Air Force Base
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, nose view, Hill Aerospace Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, engines, Hill Aerospace Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, right cockput view, Hill Aerospace Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070
Rockwell B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070, front landing gear, Hill Aerospace Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0070

B-1B Photos from the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB in Georgia

B-1B Lancer at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-1B Lancer at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-1B Lancer "Midnight Train from Georgia", 116th Bomb Wing,
at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-1B Lancer "Midnight Train from Georgia", 116th Bomb Wing, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-1B Lancer, Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-1B Lancer in Warner-Robins, Georgia

B-1B Lancer Photographs from the South Dakota Air and Space Museum

B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, at the gate of Ellsworth AFB
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, at the gate of Ellsworth AFB
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, South Dakota Air & Space Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, Ellsworth AFB
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, tail section, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, Ellsworth Air Forcve Base, Rapid City
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, tail section, Ellsworth Air Forcve Base, Rapid City
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, left rear view, South Dakota Air & Space Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, tail section, Rapid City
Undercarriage and landing gear on B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, South Dakota Air & Space Museum
B-1B Lancer, S/N 83-0067, of the U.S. Air Force, at the gate of Ellsworth AFB

B-1B Photos from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base AMARG

B-1B Lancer bomber from Dyess AFB in storage at the AMARG facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona
B-1 in storage at AMARG

B-1B Lancer from the PlanesOfThePast Collection

B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, New York
B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, New York

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