"The Leader of the Pack" is back! MotoArt presents the Second Edition of our Rockwell B-1B Lancer PlaneTags, created from the original skins of 82-0001, the very first B-1B ever produced. After the launch of the first series of 1,000 B-1B PlaneTags in 2017, additional sections of the aircraft surfaced. We were fortunate to secure enough material for this Second Edition
The B-1 Lancer is a USAF supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy bomber that first flew in December 1974. After the B-1 program was canceled in 1977, it was revived by President Ronald Reagan and the B-1B was born in October 1984. Using its variable-sweep wings, the B-1 employs the forward-wing setting during takeoff, landing, aerial refueling, and some high-altitude weapon drops. Aft-wing sweep is the main combat configuration, typically used during high subsonic and supersonic flight. Since then, the B-1 has continually evolved to meet the demands of its role as a strategic nuclear deterrent and combat proven warplane, remaining in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command until the arrival of the B-21.
82-0001, christened “Leader of the Fleet," was the first B-1B out of 100 that came off the production line. Assembled using airframe parts from the planned fifth B-1A, it rolled out on September 4, 1984 and took its first flight on October 18, 1984. ‘0001 flew 138 test missions over a total of 617 hours, before beginning the next part of its mission as a weapons-loading trainer in August 1988. It was dismantled in May 1995 to comply with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Parts of the airframe were used for JP-8 fire propagation testing at Wright-Patterson AFB, while MotoArt was lucky to acquire material to create PlaneTags.
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