America’s Fastest Bomber: the Nuclear-Capable B-1 Lancer
Designed to scream over tree tops multiple times the speed of sound, to penetrate deep into the Soviet Union and deliver deadly Nuclear payloads, the B-1 Lancer, a longtime staple of the USAF bomber fleet, found its place in a modern world. Its unique combination of speed and payload keep it relevant in the ever-evolving aerial battlefield.
Long described as the backbone of the US Air Force, the B-1 Lancer fills an important role in the strategic air command strategy. Hit them fast and hard. While the Stealth Bomber can penetrate through radar defenses, the B-1 is able to travel at much greater speeds and can deliver a larger payload.
I Got A Fever…
… and the only Prescription is more cowbell — speed, I mean more speed. Even Christopher Walken would’ve had enough with the original B-1A. While the current version is considered to be a speed demon, it’s actually quite slow compared to the original.
The initial version of the B-1 was designed to fly at much faster speeds. But performance and cost issues, as well as increased speeds of enemy fighters, shifted priorities to other areas. A top speed of Mach 2.22 was reached by the second B-1A. The B-1B was designed to fly around Mach 1.25.