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Metaphorically, an Ugly Duckling. The B-1 had a troubled childhood, but has blossomed into a fine adult. The B-1A with its troubled variable intakes, complex EW suite, and near suicidal mission profile, was canned by Jimmy Who. Resurrected by Ronald Reagan, but in a much modified form, the aircraft has grown to be a useful work horse. recent approval to drop iron bombs will allow the aircraft to live out an extended life as a tactical weapon. In 2001, the fleet received its first notice of withdrawal as some 30 aircraft are to be sent to the reserve at Davis-Monthan.

B-1B

In reheat over the Nellis crowds for the USAF 50th Anniversary, 1997.

Wings back pass. Nellis AFB 1997.

B-1B at Wright-Paterson AFB, USAF Museum (Oct 2004)

B-1B at Wright-Paterson AFB, USAF Museum (Oct 2004)

On show. Seymour Johnson AFB, 1990.

B-1A

B-1A at Wright-Paterson AFB, USAF Museum (2001)

B-1A at Wright-Paterson AFB, USAF Museum (2001)

B-1A at Wright-Paterson AFB, USAF Museum (2001)


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