A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, flies a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, through the South China Sea, operating with the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), June 8, 2017. The joint training, organized under Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence program (CBP), allows the Air Force and Navy to increase interoperability by refining joint tactics, techniques and procedures while simultaneously strengthening their ability to seamlessly integrate their operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

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Like the cabin American Flag and the always present boom scratches fuel door.

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One of my favorite pictures of the B-1 ever.

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Visible on our left is a Sniper Targetting Pod... this was added recently to allow precision weapons delivery and real-time video. The B-One had to have permission from Russia to add it, as an arms control treaty prevented the plane from carrying external stores... all the missile pylons were removed and welded shut under, at the time, Soviet Union observers. This led to the B-1 not being used for nuclear weapons... which kind of put her in an odd spot. The newest USAF bomber couldn’t deliver what she was designed for, eventually she evolved to be the preeminent convention bomber of the service.
Bare metal exposed during depot level maintenance and a damn lightning bolt.

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The small nose mounted canards help to smooth the aircrafts ride... especially at low altitude the B model was developed for. The original Mach 2 B-1A was cancelled in the late seventies once it became clear that high altitude/speed were totally ineffective against newer soviet defense systems. President Carter took a beating publicly, not least from future president Reagan, for abandoning the plane and leaving us without a modern bomber. Carter couldn’t tell anyone the real reason the B-1A was cancelled... they were building the recently approved B-2A Stealth Bomber. Reagan called for a massive military buildup which bright back a slower stealthier B model.

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KC-135 wing with another refueling a Bone in the distance

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