The B-1B Lancer-Supersonic Strategic Bomber-USAF-Capable of flying intercontinental missions without refueling-The B-1B Lancer is a variable swing wing .
B-52s deploy to Colombia, Australia for training - Air Force Times
On Thursday, a B-52 from the 5th Bomb Wing left Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, for a 16-hour flight to and from Colombia, according to U.S. Strategic Command. The U.S. also sent a B-52 to F-AIR Colombia International Air Show in 2006 and a B
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No project combined radical innovation and political furore quite like the F-111 program. It was intended as the world's biggest, most expensive defence procurement plan when it began in 1962. The aim was 'commonality'; the equipment of the USAF, US Navy and several foreign customers with a single type of fighter. It produced a superb strike aircraft which played a crucial role in three conflicts and was the only aircraft specifically mentioned by Moscow in the SALT disarmament talks that preceded the end of the Cold War. Its successors, the F-15E Eagle, B-1B Lancer and Panavia Tornado owe much to the experience gained on the F-111 Aardvark. The variable-sweep wing and the turbofan jet engine enabled a large, heavily armed, two-seat fighter-bomber to operate from aircraft carriers and 3,000 ft unpaved runways with sufficient fuel economy to fly very long-range nuclear interdiction or combat patrol missions at speeds up to Mach 2.5. Contract negotiations always favoured the USAF's priorities. The weight of the Navy version, the F-111B soon made it impossible to operate it from aircraft carriers and it was abandoned. The USAF, meanwhile persisted with its F-111A version to replace the F-105 Thunderchief. Massive cost increases and design issues delayed and disrupted their use for a decade. The F-111A's return to Vietnam in September 1972 showed the aircraft to be extremely successful in pin-point attacks on targets in all weathers, mainly at night, using its terrain following radar and heavy loads of external ordnance. It was used in 1986 for a long-range punitive attack on Libya, and in Operation Desert Storm both F-111 wings were the principal strikers against Saddam Hussein's planes and tanks. With ECM and pioneering digital avionics versions, the sheer variety of F-111 sub-types, all built in comparatively small numbers that partly caused its eventual withdrawal from USAF use in the late 1990s for cost reasons. The Aardvark's career ended in 2010./
The development of the B-1B Lancer bomber was difficult to say the least. Originally conceived to fulfill a USAF requirement for an Advanced Manned Strategic Aircraft, the original B-1A concept aircraft was accused of being a white elephant, capable of performing nothing which could not be achieved at less financial and human expense than an intercontinental ballistic missile. Cancelled by the Carter administration and finally commissioned by President Reagan as the modified B-1B, the Lancer began its duties as a nuclear-armed bomber in the mid-1980s. The end of the Cold War intervened and the jet was removed from its nuclear missions as a result of arms control legislation. However, the 1990s saw the metamorphosis of the Lancer into a potent conventional weapons carrier which has seen...
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On Thursday, a B-52 from the 5th Bomb Wing left Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, for a 16-hour flight to and from Colombia, according to U. S. Strategic Command. The Stratofortress was to practice with the Colombian air force and then take part in a flyover at the Feria Aeronautica Internacional Rionegro (F-AIR) Colombia 2015 International Air Show, STRATCOM announced. "Our support to Colombia is based on more than just a shared history. it is based on Colombia's enduring importance to our national security," Marine Gen. John Kelly, head of U. S. Southern Command, said in Thursday's news release. "Training missions such as these ensure effective cooperation between our countries. In August, a B-52 participated in SOUTHCOM's Exercise PANAMAX, the news release said. also sent a B-52 to F-AIR Colombia International Air Show in 2006 and a B-1B Lancer to the airshow in 2008. Separately, two B-52s from the 2nd Bomb Wing returned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, on July 2 after flying 44 hours to Australia... Cecil Haney, head of STRATCOM, said in the news release. The two B-52s worked with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces to drop inert ordnance on the Delamere Air Weapons Range and to perform a low approach at RAAF Base Tindal, said Army Lt. Col. "Missions such as these demonstrate the ability of the U. S. bomber force to provide a credible, flexible, and always-ready capability to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations, both conventionally and strategically, when called... The training mission was not part of Talisman Sabre 2015, a massive exercise involving more than 33,000 U. S. and Australian troops that is expected to run until July 19, O'Donnell said. strategists are concerned about China's development of cruise and ballistic missiles, which could threaten U. S. aircraft carriers and air bases in the Pacific if the two countries went to war. When asked if the B-52 mission to Australia was meant to signal to China that U. S. airpower has the range to reach targets from the U. S. if necessary, O'Donnell said the flights are "not in direct response to any real or perceived threat, or...
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