About the B-1B Lancer
By Associated Press, 12/12/01
The B-1B Lancer is a long-range bomber that can fly around-the-world missions.
The Lancer was first built to carry nuclear bombs and is now used to drop conventional bombs. It was first used in combat to support operations against Iraq in 1998 during Operation Desert Fox.
Manufacturer: Boeing, formerly Rockwell International
Engines: Four turbofans with afterburners
Length: 146 feet
Wingspan: 137 feet, with wings extended forward; 79 feet with wings swept back
Speed: More than 900 mph
Weapons: Up to 80 conventional bombs, 30 cluster bombs, 24 guided "smart" bombs
First deployed: 1985
Crew: Four (aircraft commander, pilot, offensive weapons officer, defensive weapons officer)
Cost: $200 million
Inventory: 51 battle-ready bombers in Air Force, another 18 in the Air National Guard
Source: U.S. Air Force