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  • Say Goodbye to the B1 Bomber

    The B-1 “Bone” is probably reaching the end of its service life, while the B-52 fleet will soldier on, despite the fact that the airframe age of a lot of those bombers is older than the men flying them. The reason is an interesting blend of budgetary politics, a changing world political order, and Air Force leadership trying (for a change) to get out ahead of the budget decision-making cycle.

    Here’s a link to an article with a pretty good take on the background to the decision.




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    We don't need this overpriced pig anymore.

    From Boeing's website:

    Based on the B-1A bomber, the B-1B was developed by Rockwell International in the 1980s, when 100 of the aircraft were produced to support a nuclear mission and were stationed at Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases.
    http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/...cer/index.html

    The B52's and other less expensive aircraft to maintain can complete the mission of dropping high volumes of conventional weapons.
    Last edited by CupASoup; 18 Jul 10, 20:46.

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