Does Hill Aerospace Museum have a B-1?
The B-1B Lancer “7 Wishes” arrived at Hill Aerospace Museum in February 2003. Previously assigned to the 96th Bombardment Wing of the Strategic Air Command, 7 Wishes accumulated almost 4,000 flight hours during its assignment at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, TX.
How good is the B-1 bomber?
The B-1 has been continuously deployed in combat operations over Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya since 2001. It has a range of 6,500–7,500 miles without refueling and unlimited global range with in-air refueling. In 1999, during Operation Allied Force, six B-1s flew two percent of the strike missions, yet dropped 20 percent of the ordnance. That number increased to 40 percent during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Is the B-1 stealth?
As the backbone of America’s long-range, strategic bomber force, the B-1 was designed to penetrate air defenses by flying below radar. Due to the B-1’s design, it actually has a smaller radar cross-section than an F-16, despite being three times larger. When the B-21 Raider begins entering service over the next decade, it will be the most advanced stealth bomber ever.
Is the B-1 nuclear capable?
Originally designed for nuclear capabilities, the B-1 switched to a conventional combat role in the mid-1990s. The B-1 can carry up to 24 nuclear bombs or 84 five-hundred-pound conventional bombs.
How many B-1 Lancers does the US have?
A total of 100 B-1B variants were produced by Boeing, one of which is on display at Hill Aerospace Museum at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base. Ten B-1 bombers were lost due to crashes between 1984–2001. There are plans to retire 17 B-1 Lancers from the existing fleet of 62.
What will replace the B-1 bomber?
The aircraft is on track to stay in service until 2040 and beyond until the B-21, which will begin rolling out in 2022, has a large enough combat-ready fleet. In the meantime, Boeing partners with the USAF to keep the B-1 mission ready. In December 2020, an external weapons drop demo showcased the B-1’s capability of adapting to new mission requirements and weapons systems to address ever-increasing, global security concerns. According to Daniel Ruder, Boeing’s B-1 Advanced Programs manager, hypersonic missiles will play a major role in the evolution of this strategic, long-range bomber. “That aircraft technical adaptability, combined with operational employment flexibility, will keep the B-1 relevant to the next fight,” he said.
How big is the B-1?
This bomber is 146 feet long with a wingspan of 137 feet. It weighs 190,000 pounds and has a 75,000-pound payload. Max takeoff weight of 477,000 pounds includes 265,274 pounds of fuel.
Plan your visit to see the Boeing B-1B Lancer at Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah.