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B-1’s Beautiful Afterburner

A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation Aug.17, 2016. This mission marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. As of Aug. 15, the B-1 Lancer will be temporarily deployed to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Richard P. Ebensberger/Released)

FOUR afterburning jet engines

The B-1 Lancer is a big plane – a big plane with a big payload. Beyond that it’s expected to go very fast. All of those requirements add up to a need for some serious thrust. The shot below is a great illustration of just the type of power needed to drive the B-1 Lancer.

A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation Aug.17, 2016. This mission marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. As of Aug. 15, the B-1 Lancer will be temporarily deployed to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Richard P. Ebensberger/Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation Aug.17, 2016. This mission marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. As of Aug. 15, the B-1 Lancer will be temporarily deployed to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Richard P. Ebensberger/Released)

What does a B-1 sound like?

It’s hard to enjoy the sight of a B-1’s afterburners without also getting to hear its GLORIOUS sound. Check out the extra video below – a B-1 does a max performance spiral combat takeoff out of EAA Oshkosh earlier this year.

Now that is some high performance! It’s hard not to love this plane. It’s even harder not to love the fact that the US is only nation in the world that gets to fly them.