Boeing B-1B “Lancer”
Crew: Four (Aircraft Commander, Pilot, Offensive Systems Operator, and Defensive Systems Operator)
Engines: Four General Electric F101-GE-102 afterburning turbofans; 30,000 lbs. thrust each
Wingspan: 137 ft fully spread (15° position); 79 ft fully swept (67.5° position)
Length: 146 ft 0 in
Height: 34 ft 0 in
Weight: 470,000 lbs maximum take off weight
Speed: max: approximately 900 mph. (Mach 1.2); cruise: .9 Mach
Range: Approximately 7,500 miles / 6,500 miles without refueling
Ceiling: 60,000 ft
Armament: Up to 84 Mk 82 500 lb bombs and 30 CBU-87/89/97 or a wide range of nuclear weapons
The B-1B at the Hill Aerospace Museum arrived at Hill Air Force Base in February 2003. Nicknamed “7 Wishes” the aircraft was gained into the United States Air Force from Rockwell International in April 1986. From there it was assigned to the 96th Bombardment (Heavy) Wing of the Strategic Air Command at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, TX in May 1986.
During the B-1B’s life, it served training aircrews, accumulating almost 4,000 flight hours during the process. The final assignment for the aircraft was with the 28th Bombardment Squadron. 7th Bombardment Wing, 8th Air Force (Air Combat Command) at Dyess. The Lancer arrived at Hill Aerospace Museum in May of 2005.
The B-1B is a long-range, multi-mission bomber that began serving the United States Air Force in 1985. The aircraft was originally designed for nuclear capabilities but switched to an exclusively conventional combat role in the mid 1990’s.