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B-1B LANCER UNITS IN COMBAT (Osprey Combat Aircraft No 60)
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B-1B LANCER UNITS IN COMBAT (Osprey Combat Aircraft No 60)

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Thomas Withington

Osprey, 2006

The development of the B-1B Lancer bomber was difficult to say the least. Originally conceived to fulfill a USAF requirement for an Advanced Manned Strategic Aircraft, the B-1A concept aircraft was accused of being a white elephant, capable of performing nothing that could not be achieved at less financial and human expense by an intercontinental ballistic missile. Cancelled by the Carter adminstration and finally commissioned by President Reagan as the modified B-1B, the Lancer began its duties as a nuclear-armed bomber in the mid-1980s. The end of the Cold War intervened, and the jet was removed from its nuclear missions as a result of arms control legislation. However, the 1990s saw the metamorphosis of the Lancer into a potent conventional weapons carrier which has seen action in Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan. The Lancer has proven its critics wrong in demonstrating its use as a highly flexible and hard-working bomber, able to undertake diverse missions ranging from CAS to the targeting of weapons-of-mass-destruction installations. 92 pages

*Comprehensive histories of fighting aircraft and their crews, highlighting their vital role in the development of warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries

*A unique source of information, researched by recognized experts and brought to life by first hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves

*Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 original color profiles, specially commissioned scale drawings, and the best archival photography from around the world