A B-1B Lancer takes off in support Operation Odyssey Dawn from Ellsworth
Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011. This mission marked the first
time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental
United States to strike targets overseas.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane
A bomber that i always loved but i never talk too much about it.
The Rockwell B-1B Lancer is a supersonic heavy strategic bomber with four engines and variable sweep wings , it was initially planned to replace the B-52 Stratofortress but in 1986 it entered service as a nuclear bomber with the Gulf War, the B-1B was converted for conventional bombing use. It is expected that the B-1 continues to fly all the way into 2030s.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrives Feb. 6, 2017, at Andersen AFB, Guam. The 9th EBS is taking over U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations from the 34th EBS, assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. This marks the second deployment of B-1s to Guam in over a decade. The first deployment of B-1s arrived in August 2016 and took over CBP operations from the B-52 Stratofortress bomber squadrons from Minot AFB, N.D., and Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)
Today, i’m bringing you a plane that’s been around for while, well, this “while” is 62 years, today, the photo series is about the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress or BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker).
Photo series #5
Built in the 1950s with nuclear carrying capabilities, the B-52 replaced the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. Although it is a veteran of the USAF, it never got the chance to use it’s nuclear arsenal, all mission flown up to date has been for conventional bombing.
Because of it’s age, the US have made multiple attempts to replace it but the low operating costs and high subsonic performance has kept it in service, some of the planes that were tested as a replacement were the B-70 (cancelled program which gave way to the XB-70 Valkyrie), Rockwell B-1 Lancer and the Northrop B-2 Spirit, the last ones now are in service alongside the B-52.
The latest version of it is the B-52H with several upgrades done and more on the way, the BUFF is expected to stay in service all the way into 2040s.
One of the most impressive incidents with B-52H happened in January 10, 1964, when a testbed for structural integrity investigation lost it’s entire vertical stabilizer and continued flying after a severe turbulence, the plane landed safely.
With it’s eight
Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofans, a wide array of weapons and a great service record, the B-52 will continue to soar over the battlefield for a long time.
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