Rockwell B-1 Lancer
(RC B-1 bomber)
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US$57,807 per hour
4 x 30,780 lbs. ea.
145 ft. 11 in.
137 ft. 1 in.
79 ft. 1 in.
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
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The Rockwell B-1 Lancer had its inception when, in 1966, the U.S. Air Force proposed a replacement for
its existing heavy bomber. The new bomber was to fly its missions at low levels and high speeds.
Construction of the first prototype aircraft designated the B-1A began in late 1972. It first took to
the sky in December of 1974. Through the end of 1977, three prototypes had been built. They flew 118 total flights with a total
of 646 hours. Although the project was officially canceled that year due to high costs, a fourth aircraft was built. Test flights continued until 1981.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer project was reinstated by the Reagan administration in 1982. Revisions were made
to the bomber, and an updated aircraft, designated the B-1B, first took to the sky in October of 1984. The aircraft was able to carry
ordnance externally, had the latest avionics, stronger landing gear, and ejection seats instead of a crew escape pod. The first of the
new aircraft was delivered to Dyess AFB, Texas, in June 1985 with deployment in the following year.
No long range bomber aircraft have been built by the United States after the Rockwell B-1 Lancer. It is
capable of penetrating sophisticated enemy defenses throughout the world, providing rapid delivery of a variety of ordnance to potential adversaries with minimal notice.
In comparison to its predecessor, the B-1 can use shorter runways, carries double the ordnance, has a
smaller radar profile, and flies at lower altitudes. However it burns more fuel.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer completed a round the world trip in a total of about 47 hours in 1993. In addition, it holds 43 world records for speed, payload, range, and time to climb.
Enhancements to the capabilities of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer were made through the Conventional Missions Upgrade Program. The results have been an increase in weapons
deliver accuracy through the use of guided weapons. In addition, the defensive avionics of the aircraft are capable of countering enemy
radar threats, including missile attacks from behind the aircraft. It defends the aircraft by applying countermeasures such as
electronic jamming, dispensing chaff, or flares. It is anticipated that upgraded aircraft will remain deployed with the United States Air Force through the year 2025.
The radar and inertial navigation systems of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer enable world wide navigation, updated mission profiles and target coordinates while in flight.
Precision bombing is capable without the need for ground based navigation aids.
During the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Rockwell B-1 Lancer bombers based in Guam flew a number of missions into the country, hitting bunkers, airfields, and Iraqi leadership.
They flew at low altitudes over their targets while maintaining high speeds. After dropping their ordnance, the aircraft rondevoused with air tankers for mid air refueling to enable them to return to base.
On April 7, 2003, following up on an intelligence source about a high level Iraqi leadership meeting, a
B-1 Lancer on route to another target was diverted to drop four precision guided 2,000 lb. munitions on a target in a suburb of Baghdad.
To peform the mission, the B-1 crew had to plan attack and escape routes, assess enemy air defenses, maintain contact with airborne and ground controllers, select appropriate
weapons, and dial in the target's coordinates. To reduce civilian casualties, mission planners chose to use JDAM bombs. The bomb can
penetrate hard targets and bury itself before exploding, minimizing fragmentation into surrounding locations.
We are told that the Rockwell B-1 Lancer aircraft's global positioning system guided the JADAM bombs to within some 40 feet of the target for a successful targeting rate of 99 percent.
In March of 2012, nine B-1 bombers were deployed to Afghanistan. At least one of the aircraft was in the air at all times. In the six months that they were deployed,
Rockwell B-1 Lancer bombers flew two to three combat missions a day, accounting for about 9,500 airborne hours, and around 25 percent of all Afghanistan air combat missions.
Most recently, B-1 bombers operating from Qatar have been used against ISIS over Syria.
A total of 100 Rockwell B-1 Lancer aircraft were produced, with the last delivered on May 2, 1988. To date, 65 are still flying. The others were put in storage as a cost
savings measure. Rockwell was purchased by Boeing in 1996.
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Flexserve from RCGroups wrote to tell us that plans for his rc B-1 bomber made from Depron can be found at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19557889&postcount=132. Thank you for sharing, Flexserve.