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Base in South Dakota. PHOTOS: (Far left) A B-1 flies a combat The bomber has a crew of four; its mission over Afghanistan in support of wings sweep back for high speeds. A Operation Enduring Freedom. The bomber has the capability to deliver large quantities key feature is its terrain-following radar of precision and non-precision weapons that enables the bomber to fly at very against specific targets. (Insets, from low altitudes to avoid detection. left) Its wings swept back, a B-1 makes That ground-hugging capability has a high-speed pass in September during a come in handy for nonlethal “show of force” firepower demonstration at the Nevada Test and Training Range; crew chiefs wait for missions in Afghanistan to avoid injuring a B-1 aircrew to complete system checks civilians. With the bomber’s four powerful before takeoff at an air base in Southwest engines on full afterburner, the B-1 can Asia; a B-1 receives fuel over Afghanistan make high-speed, low-level passes over from a KC-10 tanker. U.S. AIR FORCE unsuspecting Taliban fighters. As one B-1 pilot explained, “It gets their attention.” n For more about the B-1, see Page 11 of the June 2010 issue of Frontiers. BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2012 19


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