Rockwell B-1B Lancer

@Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave, CA

October 2009

The Open House Airshow at Edwards AFB is always worthwhile due to the availability of test aircraft based there.  The 2009 show was the last one I attended and gave me an opportunity to photograph the “Bone” in flight. First flown in 1974, this intended replacement for the venerable B-52 Stratofortress did not enter service until 1986.  The original B-1A program was cancelled in 1977 after four prototypes were built.  The bomber was resurrected in 1982 with a shift to a low-altitude penetrator mission.   The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s. Nikon D300 w/80-200mm, processed with Aperture.

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