USAF B-1 Bomber Reaches 25 Years of Operation

4 May 2010 (Last Updated May 4th, 2010 18:30)

Boeing's B-1 Bomber has been honoured at Dyess US Air Force Base following the successful completion of 25 years of operations. The B-1 has supported US and allied campaigns around the world since it entered into service in June 1985. It serves as the supersonic component of t

Boeing's B-1 Bomber has been honoured at Dyess US Air Force Base following the successful completion of 25 years of operations.

The B-1 has supported US and allied campaigns around the world since it entered into service in June 1985.

It serves as the supersonic component of the USAS's long-range bomber dominance.

The swept-wing geometry allows the aircraft to travel at higher speeds and deliver more ordnance in a shorter time than other platforms.

Initially developed as a low-level penetrator with long range and supersonic speed capability, the B-1 was designed to replace the B-52 Stratofortress.

It is equipped with global positioning system (GPS) navigation, joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), anti-jam radios and the ALE-50 towed decoy countermeasures.

The B-1 was transformed from its nuclear role in a conventional mission upgrade programme from 1993 to 2005 to enable it to use precision-guided conventional weapons.