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Check Six: B-1B Lancer – 34 years ago

July 7, 2019

From the This Day in Aviation website

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7 July 1985: The Strategic Air Command received the first operational Rockwell B-1B Lancer, serial number 83-0065, Star of Abilene, at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. It flew for 17 years, 7 months, 23 days before being retired 1 March 2003 and preserved at Dyess.

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Two Air National Guard Wings flew the B-1B Lancer – 116th Bomb Wing, Robins AFB, Georgia, 1996–2002 and the 184th Bomb Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas 1994–2002.

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