Boeing B-1B Lancer in USAF Service
The Rockwell (I have a hard time pretending it is a ‘Boeing’ aircraft…!) B-1B has been an integral part of the USAF’s bomber force since the 1980s and is still a highly capable aircraft, though the arrival of the B-21 in the near future will end its sterling service.
This latest book in the ‘Duke Hawkins’ series brings a complete portrait of the B-1B, covering the type in great detail, both inside and out in over 400 colour photos. There isn’t a detail that is overlooked in this 180-page book; every part of the fuselage, wings, landing gear, vertical and horizontal tails are mixed with spectacular action photographs from aircraft based at Dyess Air Force Base or Ellsworth Air Force Base.
A large chapter in this book is dedicated to the cockpit of the B-1B, showing every detail of the front and the back cockpit of the 4 crew members.
As with every Duke Hawkins book, an extensive maintenance chapter is included showing some rarely seen details taken at Ellsworth AFB by USAF service member Dave Chng.
All in all, an extremely useful book for anyone contemplating building a model of the B-1, but is also a lovely book for the aviation enthusiast. Highly recommended.
My thanks to HMH Publications and Casemate Publishers for supplying the review sample.