The B-1 Lancer
is a swing-wing bomber intended for high-speed, low-altitude penetration
missions. Initial delivery to the Strategic Air Command took place
in June 1985, at Dyess AFB, Texas. On Oct. 1, 1986, the B-1B achieved
Initial Operational Capability and by November 1986, B-1Bs were coming off
the production line at a rate of four per month. B-1Bs were based at Dyess
AFB, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; McConnell AFB, Kansas; Robins
AFB, Georgia; and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
In 2001, the U.S. Air Force decided to retire 33
B-1Bs and remove the aircraft from Mountain Home and the Georgia and
Kansas Air National Guard bases. This has now been accomplished and the
remaining aircraft were consolidated at Dyess AFB and Ellsworth AFB.
The B-1B holds 61 world records for speed, payload and distance. The
National Aeronautic Association recognized the B-1B for completing one of
the 10 most memorable record flights for 1994.
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John Cook says, I have a plenty of info on the
B-1B, since I worked the program for Boeing for 13 years. Basically there
are the following wings 96 & 7th at Dyess, 28th at Ellsworth, and the
319th at Grand Forks. How about the 366th at Mt Home, they did have a
B-1B squadron (34th) assigned for a while? Also, there are the two Air
Guard units the 184th & 116th