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Ellsworth AFB in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Rockwell B-1B “Lancer”

South Dakato Air and Space Museum

 

—Ellsworth Air Force Base —

 
Rockwell-B-1B "Lancer" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
1. Rockwell-B-1B "Lancer" Marker
Inscription. The B-1A was initially developed in the 1970s as a replacement for the B-52. Four prototypes of his long –range, high speed strategic bomber were developed and tested but the program was canceled in 1977 before going into production. The B-1B is an improved variant initiated in 1981. The first production B-1B flew in October 1984 and the first B-1B was delivered to Dyess AFB, Texas in June 1985. The B-1B holds almost 50 world records for speed, payload, range, and time of climb in its class. The B-1B was first used in combat in support of operations against Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in December 1988. In 1999, six B-1s were used in Operation Allied Force, delivering more than 20 percent of the total ordnance while flying less than 2 percent of the combat sorties. Eight B-1s were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. B-1s dropped nearly 40 percent of the total tonnage during the first six months of OEF.

Specifications—Length: 146’; Height: 34’; Wingspan: 137’; Max Weight: 477,000 lbs; Powerplant: Four GE F-101-GE-102 turbofan engine with afterburner; Max Range: Intercontinental, unrefueled; Max Speed: 900-plus mph; Ceiling: 30,000ft; Crew: Four; Armament: 24 GBU-31GPS aided JDAM or 24 MK-84 general purpose bombs.

On loan from the National Museum of the Air Force
 
Location.
Rockwell-B-1B "Lancer" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
2. Rockwell-B-1B "Lancer"
44° 7.977′ N, 103° 4.36′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Rushmore Drive. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum which is located at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Marker is in this post office area: Ellsworth AFB SD 57706, United States of America.
 
Categories. War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, Afghanistan
 
Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
3. Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress"
Boeing LGM-30F Minuteman II image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
4. Boeing LGM-30F Minuteman II
Beech C-45 "Expeditor" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
5. Beech C-45 "Expeditor"
North American F-100A "Super Sabre" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
6. North American F-100A "Super Sabre"
Western Electric Nike "Ajax" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
7. Western Electric Nike "Ajax"
General Dynamics FB-111A "Aardvark" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 28, 2008
8. General Dynamics FB-111A "Aardvark"
 
 
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