Only four of these supersonic bombers were ever manufactured for the U.S. Military, and one of them sits at our hangar in Denver, Colorado. Developed in the 1970s as a method of delivering nuclear weapons, the B-1A bomber could reach speeds of Mach 2.2 (Over 1687 MPH) by utilizing four jet engines with afterburners. While the B-1A Lancer program was canceled by President Carter in 1977, it continued to serve as a test bed for the B-1B Lancer which is still in extensive use today.
Check out our Behind the Wings episode dedicated to the B-1A Lancer, below, and click here to view the full episode collection.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum features more than 50 aircraft and space vehicles. Visit us to see the full collection.
This aircraft has an audio tour associated with it! Inquire at the museum’s front desk during your next visit.