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B-1B Lancer

B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber built by Rockwell and used by the United States Air Force. It is commonly called the "Bone" (from "B-One"). It is one of three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2018, the other two being the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress.

The B-1 was first envisioned in the 1960s as a platform that would combine the Mach 2 speed with the range and payload of the B-52. After a long series of studies, Rockwell International (now part of Boeing) won the design contest for what emerged as the B-1A. This version had a top speed of Mach 2.2 at high altitude and the capability of flying for long distances at Mach 0.85 at very low altitudes. The introduction of cruise missiles and early work on the stealth bombers led to the program being canceled in 1977.

The program was restarted in 1981, largely as an interim measure due to delays in the B-2 stealth bomber program, with the B-2 eventually reaching initial operational capability in 1997. This led to a redesign as the B-1B, which differed from the B-1A by having a lower top speed at a high altitude of Mach 1.25, but improved low-altitude performance of Mach 0.96. The electronics were also extensively improved during the redesign, and the airframe was improved to allow takeoff with the maximum possible fuel and weapons load. The B-1B began deliveries in 1986 and formally entered service with Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a nuclear bomber in that same year. By 1988, all 100 aircraft had been delivered. Originally designed for nuclear capabilities, the B-1 switched to an exclusively conventional combat role in the mid-1990s.
A US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), enroute to a mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
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Right front view of a B-1B bomber aircraft, taken in the early morning as technicians begin work

Right front view of a B-1B bomber aircraft, taken in the early morning...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: ... more

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft from Edwards Ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. William Belcher Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber with an F-111 aircraft following behind. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber with an F-111 aircraft f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight test. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber approaching the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight test. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber approaching the refuelin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. William B. Belcher Relea... more

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a test flight. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight test. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber being refueled by a KC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

An air-to-air left side view of a F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while a B-1B bomber stands by. This is the first flight in four years for this particular B-1B

An air-to-air left side view of a F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled b...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

An air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling a B-1B bomber aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base, California

An air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base, California

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft from Edwards Ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left side view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, landing after a test flight

A left side view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... more

A left front view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, landing after a test flight

A left front view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... more

An air-to-air left side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as the B-1B testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) stands by. This is the first flight in four years for the B-1B

An air-to-air left side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT William B. Belcher Release Sta... more

A left rear view of the tail section of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) at the Air Force Flight Test Center. The aircraft is being prepared for its first test flight

A left rear view of the tail section of the first B-1B bomber testbed ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... more

A left side view of the B-1A bomber aircraft No. 2 taking off. The aircraft is being used in the B-1B Test Program at the Air Force Flight Test Center

A left side view of the B-1A bomber aircraft No. 2 taking off. The air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Samuel A. Hotton Release Status: Re... more

An air-to-air right side view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) during its first test flight. The bomber is being escorted by a T-38 Talon chase aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraf...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: A1C Zapka Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, landing after a test flight

A left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... more

A right side view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) touching down on a runway after a test flight

A right side view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) touching down on a runway after a test flight

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) touching down on a runway after a test flight

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right rear view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) touching down on a runway after a test flight

A right rear view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A ground-to-air left side view of a B-1B strategic bomber aircraft taking off for a test flight

A ground-to-air left side view of a B-1B strategic bomber aircraft tak...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right front view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) taking off from a runway at the Air Force Flight Test Center

A right front view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (original...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Paul Reynolds Release Status: Relea... more

A right rear view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) taking off from a runway at the Air Force Flight Test Center

A right rear view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originall...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Paul Reynolds Release Status: Relea... more

A front view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) being serviced on the flight line at the Air Force Flight Test Center

A front view of the first B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Paul Reynolds Release Status: Relea... more

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft approaching the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during aerial refueling

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft approaching the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft with contrails streaming from its wingtips

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft with contrails ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft. In the background an F-15 Eagle aircraft is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft. In the backgro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft being refueled in flight by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

An air-to-air left rear view of a B-1B bomber aircraft being refueled ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "The B-1B (The Now Bomber)" Artist: Charles Carroll

Artwork: "The B-1B (The Now Bomber)" Artist: Charles Carroll

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, during a test flight

An air-to-air left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, origin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... more

An air-to-air underside view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a test flight

An air-to-air underside view of the B-1B test program aircraft, origin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... more

An air-to-air view from the boom operator's window of the B-1B/159 testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) approaching the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a test flight over the Pacific Ocean

An air-to-air view from the boom operator's window of the B-1B/159 tes...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Cooper Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B test program aircraft being trailed by an F-111 aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B test program aircraft being ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Reynolds Release Status: Released t... more

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B test program aircraft banking to the left

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B test program aircraft bankin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Reynolds Release Status: Released t... more

A B-1B bomber testbed aircraft refuels from an Arizona Air National Guard KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft. Edwards Air Force Base is visible below

A B-1B bomber testbed aircraft refuels from an Arizona Air National Gu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Zapka Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servic... more

An air-to-air right side view of a B-1B Testbed aircraft (originally the B-1A prototype). The aircraft is painted in European camouflage

An air-to-air right side view of a B-1B Testbed aircraft (originally t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... more

An air-to-air right side view of a B-1B Testbed aircraft (originally the B-1A prototype). The aircraft is painted in European camouflage

An air-to-air right side view of a B-1B Testbed aircraft (originally t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... more

An air-to-air right underside view of the B-1B prototype aircraft with a new camouflage paint scheme

An air-to-air right underside view of the B-1B prototype aircraft with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air right underside view of the B-1B prototype aircraft with a new camouflage paint scheme

An air-to-air right underside view of the B-1B prototype aircraft with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air to air left rear view of a B-1B aircraft with landing gear down

An air to air left rear view of a B-1B aircraft with landing gear down

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Paul Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B bomber prototype aircraft in new camouflage paint

An air-to-air right side view of the B-1B bomber prototype aircraft in...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Reynolds Release Status: Released t... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is readied for rollout at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is readied for rollout at the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

A decal is attached to the side of the first production model B-1B aircraft at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

A decal is attached to the side of the first production model B-1B air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed out of a hangar at t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is towed on the flight line a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is parked outside a hangar at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight lin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT. Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Distinguished guest stand on a platform next to the first production model B-1B aircraft during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

Distinguished guest stand on a platform next to the first production m...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight line at the Rockwell International facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight lin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Major General (MGEN) William Thurman stands in front of the first production model B-1B aircraft during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International facility

Major General (MGEN) William Thurman stands in front of the first prod...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

An underside view of the nose section of the first production model B-1B aircraft on display during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

An underside view of the nose section of the first production model B-...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight line at the Rockwell International facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight lin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International facility

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

General Charles A. Gabriel, chief of staff, US Air Force, left; Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr, right; and a distinguished guest give the "thumbs up" sign as they pose in front of the first production model B-1B bomber. They are attending the aircraft's rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

General Charles A. Gabriel, chief of staff, US Air Force, left; Secret...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft on display during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft on display during the rollout...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Attending a news conference during the rollout of the first production model B-1B aircraft are, from left to right: Gerald Gimness, B-1B program manager, Boeing Military Airplane Co.; Ned A. Hope, general manager, F101 Project Department, General Electric Co.; Major General (MGEN) William Thurman, B-1B program manager, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Sam F. Iacobellis, executive vice president, Rockwell International; and John L. Canfalone, vice president, B-1B program, Eaton Corp

Attending a news conference during the rollout of the first production...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight line at the Rockwell International facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight lin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Technicians work on the second production model B-1B aircraft in a hangar at the Rockwell International Corp

Technicians work on the second production model B-1B aircraft in a han...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT. Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Attending a news conference during the rollout of the first production model B-1B aircraft are, seated from left to right; Gerald Gimness, B-1 program manager, Boeing Military Airplane Co.; Ned A. Hope, general manager, F101 Project Department, General Electric Co.; Major General (MGEN) William Thurman, B-1B program manager, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; and John L. Canfalone, vice president, B-1B program, Eaton Corp

Attending a news conference during the rollout of the first production...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Elevated right side view of a B-1B aircraft on static display following the rollout ceremonies at Rockwell International aircraft assembly complex

Elevated right side view of a B-1B aircraft on static display followin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bob Simons Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Elevated right side view of a B-1B aircraft on static display following the rollout ceremonies at Rockwell International aircraft assembly complex

Elevated right side view of a B-1B aircraft on static display followin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bob Simons Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Visitors attending the rollout ceremony for the first production model B-1B aircraft examine a model of a F101 turbofan jet engine at the Rockwell International facility. Four F-101 engines power the B-1B

Visitors attending the rollout ceremony for the first production model...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight line at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

The first production model B-1B aircraft is serviced on the flight lin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft during the rollout ceremony at the Rockwell International Corp. facility

A crowd gathers to view the first production model B-1B aircraft durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Air-to-air right underside view of a B-1B aircraft during its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Palmdale Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Air-to-air right underside view of a B-1B aircraft during its first fl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Palmdale Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

A B-1B aircraft is serviced prior to its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

A B-1B aircraft is serviced prior to its first flight. The aircraft wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Air-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft (foreground) and an F-111 aircraft during the B-1s first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell Intenational's Palmdale, California, production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Air-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft (foreground) and an F-11...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right front ground view of a B-1B aircraft on the apron prior to its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Palmdale Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

A right front ground view of a B-1B aircraft on the apron prior to its...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Palmdale Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

A left front view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's Palmdale production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

A left front view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

Air-to-air left side view of a B-1B aircraft (above) and an F-111 aircraft during the B-1's first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's Palmdale, California, production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Air-to-air left side view of a B-1B aircraft (above) and an F-111 airc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT. Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's Palmdale, California, production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Air-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's Palmdale production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Palmdale Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Ground-to-air right side view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Ground-to-air view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's Palmdale production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

Ground-to-air view of a B-1B aircraft on its first flight. The aircraf...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Marshall Release Status: Released to Public C... more

A left side ground view of a B-1B aircraft on the runway prior to its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

A left side ground view of a B-1B aircraft on the runway prior to its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right side view of a B-1B aircraft preparing for its first flight. The aircraft will travel from Rockwell International's production facility to Edwards Air Force Base

A right side view of a B-1B aircraft preparing for its first flight. T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Released to Public... more

A left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft preparing to land

A left side view of a B-1B bomber aircraft preparing to land

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Offutt Air Force Base State: Nebraska (NE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Release... more

AIRMAN First Class Peter Warner, 3902nd Air Base Wing, Security Police Squadron, Wheaton, Illinois, provides security for a B-1B bomber aircraft (background) during a stopover. He is armed with an M16A1 carbine

AIRMAN First Class Peter Warner, 3902nd Air Base Wing, Security Police...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Offutt Air Force Base State: Nebraska (NE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Release... more

A ground crewman marshals a B-1B bomber aircraft into parking position

A ground crewman marshals a B-1B bomber aircraft into parking position

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Offutt Air Force Base State: Nebraska (NE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: Release... more

A B-1B aircraft shortly after taking off

A B-1B aircraft shortly after taking off

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Olivar Release Status: Released... more

The first B-1B aircraft in the Strategic Air Command inventory arrives at the base

The first B-1B aircraft in the Strategic Air Command inventory arrives...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Offutt Air Force Base State: Nebraska (NE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Blade H. Smithee Release Status: R... more

A B-1B aircraft shortly after taking off

A B-1B aircraft shortly after taking off

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Olivar Release Status: Released... more

An elevated right front view of a B-1B aircraft in final stages of construction

An elevated right front view of a B-1B aircraft in final stages of con...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt. T.L. Viada Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right side view of a B-1B aircraft taking off

A right side view of a B-1B aircraft taking off

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt T.L. Viada Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left front view of a B-1B aircraft in final stages of construction

A left front view of a B-1B aircraft in final stages of construction

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt. T.L. Viada Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files