Rockwell B-1B Lancer Operational Units

Last revised May 7, 2004


 


The B-1B Lancer has been operational with the following USAF units:


The units of the Air National Guard are normally under the command of the state governors, but they can be placed under federal control in times of national emergency or to enforce federal authority. At one time, the units of the Air National Guard were equipped with second-hand aircraft after they were retired from active USAF service, but nowadays the ANG is considered as being an integral part of American military planning and has participated in most recent US military actions. The ANG units are considered as a part of the Air Combat Command.

As part of this effort, some B-1Bs were transferred to ANG units as follows:

In order to save money, the USAF agreed to reduce its active fleet of B-1Bs from 92 to 60 aircraft. The first B-1B was flown to storage at AMARC on August 20, 2002. In total, 24 B-1Bs were consigned to storage at AMARC, with ten of these being retained in "active storage" which means that they could be quickly returned to service should circumstances dicate. The ramaining 14 in storage at AMARC will be scavenged for spare parts to keep the remainder flying. The remaining 8 aircraft to be withdrawn from service will be placed on static display at various museums.

All FY 1983 and most of the FY 1984 aircraft are due to be retired, leaving only the more recent aircraft still flying.

The 366th Wing/34th Bomb Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Georgia, plus two ANG units, the 184th BW/127th BS at McConnell AFB, KS and the 116th BW/128th BS at Robins AFB, Georgia, all ceased operations with the B-1B. This left the 7th BW at Dyess AFB, Texas and the 28th BW at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The seven B-1Bs at Mountain Home were moved to Ellsworth, and 12 ANG B-1Bs transferred to Dyess.

Sources:

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  2. American Combat Planes, Ray Wagner, Third Edition, Doubleday, 1982.

  3. American Warplanes, Bill Gunston

  4. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation

  5. Lancers on Guard, Eric Tegler, Combat Aircraft, Vol 2, No 9, May-June 1999.

  6. Rockwell B-1B Lancer, Bill Gunston, World Air Power Journal, Vol 24, Spring 1996

  7. Air Combat Command's Bomber Force, Don Logan, Combat Aircraft Vol 2, No 2, May-June 1999.

  8. Air Intel, by Tom kaminski, April 1999, Combat Aircraft Vol 2, No 1.

  9. JDAM--The Future of Bombing, Lon Nordeen, Air Forces Monthly, No. 136, July.

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  11. Airscene Headlines, Air International, October 2002.