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Boeing B-1B Lancer

Marker ID:  
Location: 1942 Heritage Blvd, Warner Robins, GA
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 32° 35.507    W 083° 35.302
  32.59178333    -83.58836666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Boeing B-1B Lancer
Museum of Aviation
— Aircraft Collection —

After Hardee's & Lee's Confederate forces lose the first day's battle at Jonesboro on August 31, 1864, Confederate Lt. General John Bell Hood, inside the fortifications of Atlanta, realizes that the last remaining railroad line that supplied Atlanta would be cut and Atlanta would have to be abandoned. Hood immediately blows up all of his ammunition supplies to keep them from falling into U.S. General Sherman's hands.

Taking full precautionary measures to save the rest of his forces at Atlanta, during the night of August 31, 1864 at about 2 a. m; General Hood dispatches Confederate Lt General Stephen D. Lee's corps at Jonesborough to march toward Atlanta to support the evacuation of his forces consisting of Lt. General A. P. Stewart's corp and the Georgia Militia. Lee's corps halted at the Killis Brown farm, NE of the South River.

Meanwhile, on September 1, 1864 Confederate General Hardee's corps is overrun on the second day's battle at Jonesboro and Hardee's corps escapes southward and lands on Cedar Bluff ridge, located six miles south of Jonesboro, and north of Lovejoy on the McDonough road. On that same evening, Stewart's corps marched out of Atlanta at 5 p.m. on the McDonough Road, in the direction of McDonough with orders to quickly support Hardee's corps at Lovejoy, and facing five Union army corps.

General S. D. Lee "On the morning of September 1st I was ordered to move my command toward Lovejoy's Station, which place I reached on the 3rd." On September 2nd, Steward's corps arrived at Lovejoy, supporting Hardee's entrenched corps on the McDonough road.

On September 3, 1864, at 9 a.m. U.S. General Schofield sent a dispatch to Major General Sherman that Stewart's corps had already joined Hardee at Lovejoy, and that Lee's corp was at McDonough. Schofield reported: "If this is true both are probably here now. The enemy's line has been considerably extended eastward since last evening, and probably beyond my reach. It appears to run along a high ridge immediately in front of the McDonough road and behind Walnut Creek. I am feeling well to the left with skirmishers to see if I can reach the enemy's left on the McDonough road." This report indicates that Lee's corps would have arrived after Stewart's corps and Lee's corps would have extended the Confederate right flank.

On September 7, 1864, 10:50 p.m. General Hood's Chief of Staff, F.A Shoup, sent a dispatch to Lee: General Hood desires that you select some convenient place near your present lines and bivouac your corps. Let your artillery go into regular park under the senior officer. Establish such police regulations as shall secure the presence of the men."

In another dispatch General S.D. Lee wrote: "The army remained at Lovejoy's till September 18, when it commenced moving toward Palmetto Station, on the West Point and Atlanta Railroad, where it arrived in the 19th."

The B-1B is the improved variant of the B-1A, which was cancelled in 1977. The program was resurrected in 1981 with the first production model flying in 1984. The B-1B was delivered to the Air Force in 1985.

The B-1B's blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry design, and turbofan engines continue to provide great range and high speed, more than 900 mph at sea level. Forward wing settings are used for takeoff, landings, and high-altitude maximum cruise. Swept wing settings are used in high subsonic and supersonic flight and also enhance the B-1B's maneuverability.

Though officially named Lancer, the B-B1B is more commonly called the Bone (from B-one). The Bone has three internal bays capable of carrying a variety of weapons, including up to 84 500-lb Mk 82 general-purpose bombs or 24 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

Specifications & Performance

Wings Swept 79 ft.
Wings-forward 137 ft.
Max Speed 900+ mph
Length 146 ft.
Service Ceiling More than 30,000 ft.
Range Intercontinental
Height 34 ft.
Thrust 30,000-plus lbs./each engine, with afterburner
Engines (4) General Electric F101-GE-102 turbofan engines
S/N 83-0069

Georgia Air National Guard 116th Bomb Wing

B-1Bs arrived at Robins Air Force Base in 1996, when the Air National Guard's 116th Bomb Wing (BW) relocated from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, to Robins. The 116th was one of two Air National Guard units to operate the B-1B. The B-B1s left Robins. The 116th BW merged with the 93rd Air Control Wing (ACW), an active-duty unit, to become the 116 ACW. Operating the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, the 116 ACW blends Guard and active-duty Airmen into a single unit.

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