The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered, heavy strategic aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force. It was first envisioned in the 1960’s as a supersonic aircraft with Mach 2 speed, and sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, although it was later developed into the now serving B-1B, primarily a low-level penetration aircraft with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. It is commonly called the “Bone” (originally from “B-One”).
The B-1B entered service in 1986 with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a normal strategic aircraft. In the early 1990’s it first served during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and again during the NATO action in Kosovo the following year. It has supported U.S. and NATO forces and is expected to continue to serve into the 2030’s. In this video, the Rockwell B-1 Lancer 37th Bomb Squadron Tigers do a tour and demonstration during the 2001 Westfield Celebration of Freedom International Air Show at the Barnes Municipal Airport.
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