B-1B “Lancer”


The B-1B is the improved variant of the B-1A, which was cancelled in 1977. The program was resurrected in 1981 with the first production model flying in 1984. The B-1B was delivered to the Air Force in 1985.

The B-1B’s blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry design, and turbofan engines continue to provide great range and high speed, more than 900 mph at sea level. Forward wing settings are used for takeoff, landings, and high-altitude maximum cruise. Swept wing settings are used in high subsonic and supersonic flight and also enhance the B-1B’s maneuverability.

The B-1B employs forward-looking radar and terrain-following radar. Its extremely accurate Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System, Doppler radar, and radar altimeter enable aircrews to navigate around the world without ground-based navigation aids.

The Museum’s B-1B, serial number 83-0069, was flown to Robins AFB in 2002 and is marked as 86-0098, a B-1B that was assigned to the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Bombardment Wing, which flew them from Robins from 1996-2002.

136 ft. 8 in. extended, 78 ft. 2 in. swept
Length: 146 ft.
Height: 34 ft.
Weight: 477,000 loaded
Armament: Up to 84 Mk-82 GPU bombs, 30 CBU-87/89 cluster bombs or 24 GBU-31 JDAMs
Engines: Four General Electric F101-GE-102 afterburning turbofans of 30,000 lbs. thrust ea.
Serial Number: 83-0069

Maximum speed: 850 mph.
Cruising speed: 647 mph.
Range: 6,100 miles
Service ceiling: 49,200 ft.

The Museum of Aviation will temporarily close beginning immediately as a public health precaution in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). This closure is anticipated to last through May 11, 2020. Robins AFB leadership will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you posted regarding any changes. Thank you for all your continued support!