December, 23rd, 1974; The Rockwell B-1 Lancer four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF) first took flight.
It was first envisioned in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with Mach 2 speed, and sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
It was developed into the B-1B, primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. lovingly called the "Bone" ("B-One") by her crews.
The B-1R variant was called the...well, you guessed it...the BONER!
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