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Rockwell B-1B Lancer

By Htam
Rockwell B-1B Lancer

@ Fairfield, CA

May 2022

One of the highlights of attending the Wings Over Solano Airshow was seeing this Rockwell B-1B (nicknamed “Bone” by her crews) making a high-speed pass with afterburners blazing.  Based at Ellsworth, SD, this aircraft flew to Travis AFB just to perform a few flybys before departing without even landing. First flown in 1974, this intended replacement for the venerable B-52 Stratofortress did not enter service until 1986.  The original B-1A program was cancelled in 1977 after four prototypes were built.  The bomber was resurrected in 1982 with a shift to a low-altitude penetrator mission.  The 45 B-1Bs currently in service are planned for retirement in 2036, replaced by the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider. 

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