Super Powerful US B-1 Lancer Afterburner in Action During Superb Flight. Rockwell B-1 Lancer during Pre-Flight Checks, Taxi, Take-off, and afterburner after air-refueling by a KC-135.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
The B-1 has a blended wing body configuration, with the variable-sweep wing, four turbofan engines, triangular fin control surfaces, and cruciform tail.
The wings can sweep from 15 degrees to 67.5 degrees. Forward-swept wing settings are used for takeoff, landings, and high-altitude maximum cruise. Aft-swept wing settings are used in high subsonic and supersonic flight.
The B-1’s variable-sweep wings and thrust-to-weight ratio provide it with improved takeoff performance, allowing it to use shorter runways than the previous bombers
Unlike the B-1A, the B-1B cannot reach Mach 2+ speeds; its maximum speed is Mach 1.25 but its low-level speed increased to Mach 0.92.
In the last couple of years, the B-1s have been upgraded: cockpit modifications provide enhanced situational awareness to the aircrew and enable incorporation into the Link 16 network.
This allows them to digitally communicate with the Combined Air Operations Center and other airborne and ground-based weapons systems, the U.S. Air Force says.
“This B-1 that we’re bringing back to the fight is different than any other B-1 that has deployed here before,” Lt. Col. Timothy Griffith, 34th EBS commander, said when the aircraft returned to the theater.
“It’s the first time this upgraded aircraft is going to be employed in combat and we’re honored and humbled to lead the B-1 community back into the AOR.
We have had an extremely focused and disciplined training program designed to ensure all our Airmen are trained and ready to employ the upgraded B-1 in combat.”