The US Air Force's only serving variable-sweep wing aircraft is the B-1 Lancer bomber. The futuristic design was originally conceived in order to create a long-range, low-level, supersonic penetrator that could deliver nuclear weapons. Built by Rockwell, the B-1B Lancer appeared in 1986, it has now been converted to conventional bomber missions. A typical bomb load of the "Bone" (the name is taken from its designation B-One) includes the GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), a bomb that was heavily used in Iraq. One operator of the B-1B is 34th Bomb Squadron (34 BS) of the 28th Bomb Wing (24 BW). This unit is located at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota & it has participated in numerous missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. 28 BW is one of only two strategic bomber wings in the USAF, with 67 Lancers in service
Dragon Warbirds has announced a new 1/400 scale model of this advanced bomber, depicting a craft from 34 BS as it appeared in 2005. This model uses the brand new tooling of the previously released Item No.DR56264. The fuselage is made of diecast metal has then been mated to plastic injection-moulded wings & landing gear. The variable-sweep wings are set in their forward-most 'unswept' position for low-speed flight or taking off/landing, it offers a quite different look to the earlier B-1B model from Warbirds. The lines and details of the B-1B Lancer are accurately replicated & it comes with its own sleek display stand.