Aviation Nation 2014: B-1B Lancer

The USAF operates 66 Rockwell B-1B Lancer aka “Bone” long-range heavy bombers that first entered operational service on October 1st, 1986 (the last was delivered on May 2nd, 1988. Originally 100 were procured). Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis AFB, Nevada had one static B-1B to take a close look at and out on the operational flight line were a number of B-1B’s ready for action. On the second day of the air show a couple took off on a training mission.

USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Rockwell B-1B Lancer
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Mach 1.2 capable
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
One big aircraft
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
The B-1B has a weapons payload capacity of 75,000 pounds / 34,019 kilograms
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
The “Bone”

The big swing-wing Lancer is an impressive sight on the ground. Even more so in flight. Seeing and hearing the raw power of those four Mach 1.2 capable General Electric F101-GE-102 turbofan engines with 30,000-plus pounds of afterburner thrust roaring on take-off is awesome to say the least!

USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Preparing for take-off
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Rolling
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Nose wheel up
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Ready to fly
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
take-off
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Away we go
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
four afterburner brute force
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Seeing the B-1B take-off is an impressive sight
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Heading off on a training mission
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB USAF Thunderbirds
Flying past the USAF Thunderbirds F-16 lineup
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6 thoughts on “Aviation Nation 2014: B-1B Lancer

  1. I saw one of these at Thunder Over Michigan a few years back; easily the biggest thing I’ve ever seen go vertical with afterburners! Just, dang!

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