“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Warner Robbins in Houston County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Boeing B-1B Lancer

Museum of Aviaton


Aircraft Collection

Boeing B-1B Lancer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2013
1. Boeing B-1B Lancer Marker
Inscription.  The B-1B is the improved variant of the B-1A, which was cancelled in 1977. The program was resurrected in 1981 with the first production model flying in 1984. The B-1B was delivered to the Air Force in 1985.

The B-1Bs blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry design, and turbofan engines continue to provide great range and high speed, more than 900 mph at sea level. Forward wing settings are used for takeoff, landings, and high-altitude maximum cruise. Swept wing settings are used in high subsonic and supersonic flight and also enhance the B-1Bs maneuverability.

Though officially named Lancer, the B-B1B is more commonly called the Bone (from B-one). The Bone has three internal bays capable of carrying a variety of weapons, including up to 84 500-lb Mk 82 general-purpose bombs or 24 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

Specifications & Performance

Wings Swept 79 ft.
Wings-forward 137 ft.
Max Speed 900+ mph
Length 146 ft.
Service Ceiling More than 30,000 ft.
Range Intercontinental
Height 34 ft.
Thrust 30,000-plus lbs./each engine, with
Boeing B-1B Lancer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2013
2. Boeing B-1B Lancer Marker
Engines (4) General Electric F101-GE-102 turbofan engines
S/N 83-0069

Georgia Air National Guard 116th Bomb Wing

B-1Bs arrived at Robins Air Force Base in 1996, when the Air National Guard's 116th Bomb Wing (BW) relocated from Dobbins AirReserve Base, Georgia, to Robins. The 116th was one of two Air National Guard units to operate the B-1B. The B-B1s left Robins. The 116th BW merged with the 93rd Air Control Wing (ACW), an active-duty unit, to become the 116 ACW. Operating the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, the 116 ACW blends Guard and active-duty Airmen into a single unit.
Erected by Museum of Aviaton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 32° 35.507′ N, 83° 35.302′ W. Marker is in Warner Robbins, Georgia, in Houston County. Marker is on Heritage Boulevard 0.1 miles east of Oak Avenue (U.S. 129), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located on the grounds of the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1942 Heritage Blvd, Warner Robins GA 31098, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Medal of Honor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
Boeing B-1B Lancer image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2013
3. Boeing B-1B Lancer
line); POW/MIA Memorial (about 300 feet away); 19th Air Refueling Wing Monument (about 300 feet away); Flint Electric Membership Corporation (approx. 2.2 miles away); Arthur Fort, 1750-1833 (approx. 6 miles away); Second Atlanta International Pop Festival (approx. 8.8 miles away); Tarversville (approx. 9.3 miles away); Marion (approx. 10 miles away).
Also see . . .  Mueum of Aviation, Robins AFB. A U.S. Air Force Museum - Home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame (Submitted on November 13, 2013.) 
Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2013
4. Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB
Major Horace Carswell Jr., Medal of Honor Recipient image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 24, 2003
5. Major Horace Carswell Jr., Medal of Honor Recipient
He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth TX. Grave GPS: N3276950 W97.34955. This memorial was moved from Carswell AFB when the base was closed in 1993.
Horace Carswell Jr., Medal of Honor Recipient image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2013
6. Horace Carswell Jr., Medal of Honor Recipient
(Portrait in the Museum of Aviation)
Medal of Honor Citation:
* CARSWELL, HORACE S., JR. (Air Mission)
Rank and organization: Major, 308th Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Corps.
Place and date: Over South China Sea, 26 October 1944
Entered service at: San Angelo, Tex.
G.O. No.: 14, 4 February 1946
Citation: He piloted a B-24 bomber in a one-plane strike against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea on the night of 26 October 1944. Taking the enemy force of 12 ships escorted by at least 2 destroyers by surprise, he made 1 bombing run at 600 feet, scoring a near miss on 1 warship and escaping without drawing fire. He circled. and fully realizing that the convoy was thoroughly alerted and would meet his next attack with a barrage of antiaircraft fire, began a second low-level run which culminated in 2 direct hits on a large tanker. A hail of steel from Japanese guns, riddled the bomber, knocking out 2 engines, damaging a third, crippling the hydraulic system, puncturing 1 gasoline tank, ripping uncounted holes in the aircraft, and wounding the copilot; but by magnificent display of flying skill, Maj. Carswell controlled the plane's plunge toward the sea and carefully forced it into a halting climb in the direction of the China shore. On reaching land, where it would have been possible to abandon the staggering bomber, one of the crew discovered that his parachute had been ripped by flak and rendered useless; the pilot, hoping to cross mountainous terrain and reach a base. continued onward until the third engine failed. He ordered the crew to bail out while he struggled to maintain altitude. and, refusing to save himself, chose to remain with his comrade and attempt a crash landing. He died when the airplane struck a mountainside and burned. With consummate gallantry and intrepidity, Maj. Carswell gave his life in a supreme effort to save all members of his crew. His sacrifice. far beyond that required of him, was in keeping with the traditional bravery of America's war heroes.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Oct. 30, 2020