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Rockwell B-1A 'Lancer'

Description
Notes: LONG-RANGE, LAND-BASED, heavy, strategic bomber with VARIABLE-SWEEP wings. Supersonic at high altitude. Carries conventional, nuclear cruise, or SHORT-RANGE attack missiles or gravity bombs (4 CREW)
  Manufacturer:Rockwell


  Base model:B-1
  Designation:B-1
  Version:A
  Nickname:Lancer
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
  First Flew:1974/12/23

Specifications
  Length: 150 2" 3.8 m
  Height:33' 7" 10.2 m
  Wingspan: 136' 8" 41.6 m
  Gross Weight: 389,000 lb176,417 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: General Electric F101-GE-100
  Thrust (each):30,000 lb13,605 kg

Performance
  Cruise Speed: 647 mph 1,041 km/h 562 kt
  Max Speed: 1,390 mph 2,238 km/h 1,209 kt
  Ceiling: 60,000 ft 18,287 m

Known serial numbers
74-0158 / 74-0160, 76-0174, 77-0325 / 77-0327

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio
Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space MuseumDenverColorado

B-1A on display

United States Air Force Museum

Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space Museum
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Dr Richard A Griffin
 NEWBERRY, FL
Did early proposal Secret design work at GD while working on 111 and F-15/16 design work. Original design was Mach 3.0 100,000+ feet, if I recall. All the early design work was under red cover, and as such, is probably not published.
08/04/2012 @ 11:00 [ref: 64849]
 Dr Richard A Griffin
 NEWBERRY, FL
Did early proposal Secret design work at GD while working on 111 and F-15/16 design work. Original design was Mach 3.0 100,000+ feet, if I recall. All the early design work was under red cover, and as such, is probably not published.
08/04/2012 @ 10:59 [ref: 64848]
 Jim Gillespie
 Midland, TX
As an AF Staff Sergeant working in the instrumentation branch of the Holloman High Speed Test Track at White Sands, I participated in testing the escape capsule for the B1A in the Spring of 1973. As can be seen from the attached scans (from the AFSC's Newsreview from May, '73, we mounted the entire front portion of a B1A,forward of the wing,on the rails to test the escape capsule. It was one of the most complex preparations for a run we had done in my experience. On the day of the test we had a number of important spectators including a number of Rockwell executives and an undersecretary of the AF if memory serves. The test was spectacularly successful as the photos show with the three big Apollo-sized chutes, air bags underneath, the whole works, and all the engineers were elated. When we conducted a second test some weeks later, it was a different story. As the rockets fired to lift the capsule, the explosive bolts on the right side of the capsule failed to release. The capsule ripped itself loose, spinning clockwise in the process, the three chutes dpeloyed and immediately wrapped around the capsule, and the whole mess cartwheeled down the road next to the track at high speed, taking out cameras and generators. It was quite a sight to see. That was the death-knell for a good idea as the Rockwell engineers were never able to get something as complex as an escape capsule for a large bomber with a four-man crew to work consistently every time as it must. But as for me, I was proud to have been a part of taking our best shot at it.
04/08/2012 @ 11:35 [ref: 55218]
 JEREMY ANDERSON
 dickinson, ND
what is the range of the B-1A Lancer
11/01/2010 @ 22:03 [ref: 32858]
 Rod Beard
 Atlanta, GA
Don't know much about the B-1A, but I was on a project that did some measurements at Rome (Newport Research Facility, near Utica) last year and saw several pieces of a B-1 in their boneyard. This would track with the comment about tail #0158 being used for an antenna test platform. The pieces I saw all had antennas on them and rf antenna testing is one of the things they do there.
08/08/2006 @ 05:13 [ref: 13824]
 eric liscom
 , FL
just a short note:4 B-1A's were built. you have #3 0160,this aircraft was the offensive systems test machine, never had defensives installed, as I recall it had the highest flight time of the original program, and had operable variramps, so it was capable of reaching mach 2. the #1 machine 0158 was used for some "B" model work- not as a flying machine but as a antennae test bed- have heard it too went to lowry, also have heard it went to rome new york, would like to find out what's happened to it.
the first three were the only ones built with the escape capsule, #4 ( at the A.F.Museum) was built with conventional ejection seats and was the only "A" with the full offens/defense package, it also never had the variramps made operable so its top speed was something like mach 1.2 or so. the #2 aircraft 0159 ,was crashed near edwards during the "B" test program. it was, incidentally the fastest B-1( mach 2.23), like #1 (0158) it had no offense/defense systems- strictly a flight test article, infact it was the structure test bed and was not originally intended to fly, due to budget problems it was completed for the flight test program when additional protoypes were cancelled.
thanks.
E.A.Liscom
10/23/2005 @ 20:09 [ref: 11551]
 Michael L. Lellock
 Punxsutawney, PA
I have a question for the media or anyone with the knowledge? In the mid 70's ABC news filmed a short piece on Doug Benefiled and his long career as a sucessful test pilot. I saw it on TV and have been looking for a copy ever since. Does anyone know where I might find one?

Myself! Yes I was a Project Engineer on the B-1A in El Segundo, CA when the aircraft I was working on #4, crashed! I was laid off on that fabulous day when Jimmy Carter cancelled the project like the 40,000 others at that facility (July 1977, a day that will live in infammy!)
A few years later I came into town from out of state to see the bulldozers finish raping that great X-15 & P-51 building. A sad thought!

Answer to the hatch question. NO! There was not a hatch on the Capsule aircraft. That was only installed for the ejection seat aircraft.
10/20/2005 @ 07:34 [ref: 11523]
 RYAN BARTLETT
 Travis AIR FORCE BASE, CA
I want to know how long it would take a B-1B to get from Texas to California?
10/17/2005 @ 22:31 [ref: 11501]
 RYAN BARTLETT
 Travis AIR FORCE BASE, CA
I want to know how long it would take a B-1B to get from Texas to California?
10/17/2005 @ 22:31 [ref: 11500]
 RYAN BARTLETT
 Travis AIR FORCE BASE, CA
I want to know how long it would take a B-1B to get from Texas to California?
10/17/2005 @ 22:24 [ref: 11499]

 
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