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New Upgrades to B-1B Lancer Fleet (caution — large graphics)
USAF ^ | 6/2/2012 | Airman 1st Class Charles V. Rivezzo

Posted on 06/03/2012 8:05:23 AM PDT by moonshot925

6/2/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- B-1B Lancers are currently undergoing the most advanced hardware and software upgrades to date as part of the Sustainment-Block 16 program.

Sustainment-Block 16 upgrades include a fully integrated data link in the aft station and vertical situation display upgrade in the front station as well as updates to navigation, radar and diagnostic systems.

"The B-1 has never seen this many upgrades in one block," said Maj. Thomas Bryant, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations. "These upgrades will give us an entirely new aircraft; this is a game changer."

The aft crew station will now receive five new color displays, all capable of providing moving maps and data link integration. Weapon systems officers will receive full "QWERTY" keyboards and new controllers to interface with the integrated battle station software.

(Excerpt) Read more at af.mil ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: b1b; bomber; upgrade
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1 posted on 06/03/2012 8:05:29 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Check for China chips.


2 posted on 06/03/2012 8:11:19 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: moonshot925
The B-1 has never seen this many upgrades in one block," said Maj. Thomas Bryant, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations.

Things that make you say hmmmm.

3 posted on 06/03/2012 8:13:07 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: moonshot925

If we ever get on our financial feet again as a nation, upgrading the engines to the F-22’s F119’s would make a new bird out of it. It was proposed once and B-1 drivers here on FR were drooling....


4 posted on 06/03/2012 8:17:36 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: boomop1
The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2013 has a requirement that all contractors must established a counterfeit avoidance/detection system approved by the DOD. I hope they get all the Chinese crap out of the supply chain.
5 posted on 06/03/2012 8:19:17 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
The B-1 and the Boeing B-47 are the two most aesthetically pleasing bombers the U.S. has ever built:

B-47


6 posted on 06/03/2012 8:24:58 AM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: Signalman

What about the B-58 Hustler?


7 posted on 06/03/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: moonshot925

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!


8 posted on 06/03/2012 8:26:09 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: moonshot925

Gorgeous plane. Funny I’ve never noticed the little canards before.


9 posted on 06/03/2012 8:26:41 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: OwenKellogg

Yes, I loved that leaky ol’ Devil


10 posted on 06/03/2012 8:28:06 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Gorgeous plane. Funny I’ve never noticed the little canards before.

I'm guessing those have something to do with pitch control for in-flight refuling.

11 posted on 06/03/2012 8:33:09 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Signalman

The B-47. The bomber that thought it was a fighter.


12 posted on 06/03/2012 8:49:53 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: BlueLancer

Ping to BlueLancer.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2891003/posts


13 posted on 06/03/2012 8:52:06 AM PDT by ngat
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To: moonshot925

I’d like a roll of cruise missiles please. LOL


14 posted on 06/03/2012 8:53:00 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes, they are so small it must be for fine control or trimming.


15 posted on 06/03/2012 8:54:47 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: moonshot925

Excellent. Thanks for the wallpaper BTW.


16 posted on 06/03/2012 9:04:04 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Signalman
The B-1 and the Boeing B-47 are the two most aesthetically pleasing bombers the U.S. has ever built:

Absolutely agree, and in that order.

North American/Rockwell built the finest looking airplanes of all manufacturers and the B-1B gets my vote for the most beautiful. Just don't make it mad...

17 posted on 06/03/2012 9:06:59 AM PDT by GBA (To understand what is happening to America and why, read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: Signalman

Even though they did not follow through, the XB-70 Valkyrie was a beautiful bird.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 9:12:49 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio
The Bone is great looking and I agree the Valk was truly awesome.
19 posted on 06/03/2012 9:19:15 AM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: GBA
the B-1B gets my vote for the most beautiful

I'm a fighter guy but I have to agree with you on the B-1.

The B-1 has been doing some real multitasking in Afghanistan, hence the justification for these upgrades.

20 posted on 06/03/2012 9:32:27 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: moonshot925
I was at an air show about 10-15 years ago and they had a B1 do a low altitude flyby...and,I think,the pilot lit up its afterburner (but,not having been AF,I'm not sure).Very impressive sight.
21 posted on 06/03/2012 9:34:31 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Mugabe Had A Son He'd Look Like Obama)
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To: Petruchio

22 posted on 06/03/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: Steely Tom

One thing the industry learned with the B-58 hustler is when in the TFR flight mode thinks got really shaky, enough to make the pilots sick. The initial B1 mission was low altitude under the radar penetration. For this they needed a good TFR auto flight control system to keep it out of the ground and as part of that the canards were added to dampen out the structural sine wave that came when rapid pitch changes were made by flight controls responding to approaching terrain changes.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 9:35:50 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: boomop1

My thoughts too. I love the upgrades, but we need to make sure our enemies don’t get compromised chips into our weapons systems.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Petruchio

I had to fortune or in some cases misfortune to be stationed at Edwards Air Force Base for during one of the greatest periods of aviation advancement in history. While I was there the X-15, XB-70, XV-42, YF-12 and many other new platforms were flying. Was there when the XB-70 crashed. During that era envelops were being pushed and everything seemed to crash at least once. In the case of the XB-70 it when down after a mid air with a F-104 during a publicity filming flight.

Sad day. Lost good hardware but most of all good men.


25 posted on 06/03/2012 9:44:38 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: moonshot925

Awesome.

Having seen several B-1B night take-offs from Dyess and felt the rumble of the engines with afterburners in, this is an incredible plane.

Flies low and slow or fast. Carries the payload under the radar.

Ivan’s or Ishmail’s worst nightmare.


26 posted on 06/03/2012 9:53:14 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: headstamp 2

“Excellent. Thanks for the wallpaper BTW.”

My thoughts, exactly. The one with the weapons array is now on my desktop. Nasty.


27 posted on 06/03/2012 9:54:09 AM PDT by Dartman
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To: moonshot925

IMHO, one of the best-looking bombers.


28 posted on 06/03/2012 9:54:57 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: headstamp 2
Excellent. Thanks for the wallpaper BTW.

Ditto that :-)

29 posted on 06/03/2012 9:58:20 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: boomop1

Shay-shay, all accounted for.


30 posted on 06/03/2012 10:01:57 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: OwenKellogg

B-58 is in a class by itself !


31 posted on 06/03/2012 10:06:52 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Steely Tom; ImJustAnotherOkie

They are for when the place is flying low and fast:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canard_(aeronautics)#Active_vibration_damping


32 posted on 06/03/2012 10:09:49 AM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: moonshot925

Beautiful airplane.


33 posted on 06/03/2012 10:19:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: krb
For those who need to know. How rarely we get a definitive answer. I'll sleep better knowing.

Active vibration damping

A large aircraft flying fast at low altitude can experience significant aerodynamic buffeting, leading to crew fatigue and reduced airframe life. Aircraft such as the B-1 Lancer incorporate small canard surfaces as part of an active vibration damping system that reduces these adverse effects.

34 posted on 06/03/2012 10:24:48 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: krb

Tis a great day when I can add to my store of useless trivia.


35 posted on 06/03/2012 10:26:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SubMareener



36 posted on 06/03/2012 10:28:21 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: moonshot925

How many lancers are even left?


37 posted on 06/03/2012 10:29:18 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: moonshot925

Stick or yoke?

One of the most beautiful planes to ever take to the sky.


38 posted on 06/03/2012 10:34:38 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Hardraade

“How many lancers are even left?”

65 as of September 2010

They are split between the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFb, Texas and the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 10:35:48 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: taildragger
If we ever get on our financial feet again as a nation

0bama will ensure that even our great great grandchildren won't see this.

40 posted on 06/03/2012 10:42:42 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. So Help Me GOD!)
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To: onedoug

“Stick or yoke?”

The pilot and copilot both have fighter-style stick and throttle controls.


41 posted on 06/03/2012 10:45:28 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: OwenKellogg

I got to watch some B-58s do “touch and goes” while stationed at Whiteman AFB in the late 60s. They had a huge runway with no traffic as missile base. I thought that steam operated base would be the first to be shut down but now modernized for the B-2.


42 posted on 06/03/2012 10:45:42 AM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG PLEASE vote ABO or OWW and our Country dies.)
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To: STD

Yes, Happy BD to you.


43 posted on 06/03/2012 10:47:01 AM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG PLEASE vote ABO or OWW and our Country dies.)
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To: moonshot925

Bone'em, Dano!

(click the pic)

44 posted on 06/03/2012 10:54:13 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: mcshot

There were 150 Minuteman II ICBMs at Whiteman. Most of the silos have been imploded but I think a few are still there.


45 posted on 06/03/2012 10:54:53 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Thanks, m.


46 posted on 06/03/2012 11:17:13 AM PDT by onedoug
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If you like good military technology porn, check out the proposed B-1R (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer )


47 posted on 06/03/2012 11:20:56 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Wilum

Can the FB-111 be squeezed in there? More of a medium bomber but a damn fine looking airplane, almost like a miniature B-1. Aussies loved them.


48 posted on 06/03/2012 11:37:04 AM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: ngat

Thanks ... I guess steel-blue is close enough ...


49 posted on 06/03/2012 1:33:14 PM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: moonshot925

The B1 is now Facebook-capable. About damn time.


50 posted on 06/03/2012 1:39:36 PM PDT by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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