Tag: B-1B Lancer

B-1B Finale? USAF Could Retire Part of its Lancer Fleet to Free Funds for B-21 Raider
Boeing is analyzing the structure of the B-1B for the USAF and preliminary results appear to have the service thinking that the Cold War-era supersonic bomber would be too expensive to maintain. According to Flight Global, the US Air Force (USAF) could retire part of its B-1B Lancer fleet in order to repurpose...
USAF to upgrade B-1B Lancer's rotary launcher
Of the fleet of 61 B-1B Lancers, 15 are in depot maintenance and 39 aircraft are down for inspections or other issues. At the Senate confirmation hearing for Gen. John Hyten on Jul. 30, 2019 it was disclosed that the U.S. Air Force has only six fully mission-capable B-1B bombers.
Boeing to upgrade USAF B-52 and B-1 strategic bombers
Work, which is expected to be completed by Apr. 11, 2029, will be performed at Boeing's plant in Oklahoma City. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) awarded Boeing with a $14.2 billion contract to modify, modernize and test weapons systems on B-1 and B-52 strategic bombers. The contract is...
USAF B-1B fleet grounded again due to issues with ejection seat
The issue is believed to be unrelated to a problem with ejection seat (egress) components that forced a B-1 from Dyess AFB to make an emergency landing in Midland on May 1. On Mar. 28, 2019, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has grounded the B-1 bomber fleet due to issues with the...
Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Combat Debut of the B-1B Lancer
In December 1998 the B-1B would get the nod to make its combat debut as part of a four-day military response, Operation Desert Fox, to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein expelling United Nations weapons inspectors out of Iraq December 18, 2018 marked the 20-year anniversary of the first operational combat debut of the B-1B...
Edwards BAF provides B-1B's AN/ALQ-161A countermeasure system with a simulated threat radio frequency environment for first time
More than 64 test points from 129 test runs were collected against the B-1B Lancer AN/ALQ-161A electronic countermeasure system Recently, innovators working in the Benefield Anechoic Facility teamed with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division of the Agile Combat Support Directorate to execute the Closed Loop Operational Test Vertical Testability Demonstration using the Laboratory Intelligence...
Cool video highlights USAF strategic bombers capabilities
The threat of using strategic bombers can be enough to change the enemy's mind With the ability to carry almost any weapon the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has to offer, strategic bombers are a mainstay in the U.S. arsenal. Just the threat of using one can be enough to change the enemy's mind. By watching the video in this post...
F/A-18 Super Hornet to conduct first LRASM live firing test this year
Instead the B-1B will carry two more testing of the LRASM before the weapon is operational on the bomber The first live test of the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from the F/A-18 Super Hornet is slated to take place this year. "Right now, we're doing captive-carry testing, and we'll have the first live shot off the F-18 later this...
Interesting photo shows B-1A first flight
The 70-minute, 250-mile flight path was within reach of the Rogers Dry Lake runways during which B-1A basic flight evaluation was conducted Taken on Dec. 23, 1974, the interesting photo in this post shows the Rockwell International B-1A taking off for its first flight from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The aircraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB). The...
Check out this video of a B-1B Lancer performing low-altitude terrain following at Edwards AFB
Exactly thirty years later on Dec. 12, 2017 a B-1B crew successfully fired two production-configuration LRASMs simultaneously during a test at Point Mugu’s sea range Brought to my attention by Earl Belz, a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting video in this post was taken on Dec. 12, 1987 at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) and shows a...

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