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US Air Force Rockwell B1
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No: 5113   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Rockwell   Country: United Kingdom
US Air Force Rockwell B1

The B-1 Lancer is a supersonic strategic bomber with variable-sweep wings. Its origins began in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with sufficient range and payload to replace the B-52 Stratofortress. The B-1B production version has been in service with the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1986. The Lancer serves as the supersonic-capable component of the USAF's long-range bomber force, along with the subsonic B-52 and B-2 Spirit. As with official popular names of other aircraft, the Lancer is commonly called the "Bone" (originally from "B-One") within the USAF. With the retirement of the EF-111 Raven in 1998 and the F-14 Tomcat in 2006, the B-1B is the last variable-sweep wing aircraft remaining in U.S. military inventory.
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RAF Fairford Riat 2007, United Kingdom
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