Testing The Monstrous Jet Motor Of A B1 Bomber - Rockwell B-1 Lancer Maintenance

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Reportage about the maintenance of Rockwell B-1 Lancer jet motor.

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a strategic bomber four-engine with variable geometry wing used by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1986 . Initially conceived in 1960 as a bomber supersonic enough range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress , finally in the 1980s was primarily developed to raids at low altitude, with capacity long-range supersonic flight high altitude.

Designed by Rockwell International , the development of this bomber was delayed multiple times over its history, as the theory of strategic balance changed from flexible response to mutually assured destruction and vice versa. The initial B-1A version was developed in the early 1970s , but its production was canceled in 1977 and only four were built prototypes . In 1980 the B-1 resurfaced with the B-1B version, focused on bombing raid at low altitude. It entered service in 1986 with the Strategic Air Command bomber USAF as nuclear .

On the 1990 the B-1B was modified to be used as a conventional bomber. He saw combat for the first time during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and after the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia the following year. The B-1B continued to support the US military and NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq . The B-1 Lancer is the supersonic component of the force of long-range bombers of the USAF, along with the subsonic B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit . The B-1 is usually called "Bone" (originally "B-One"). After removal of General Dynamics / Grumman EF-111A Raven in 1998 and the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006, the B-1B is the only aircraft with variable geometry wing active in the Armed Forces of the United States. It is expected that the B-1B continue in service until the 2020s, when it would be complemented by the Next Generation Bomber .

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