B-1b Stability Enhancement Tests Verify Low-level Mission Capability
EDWARDS AFB, CALIF. An Air Force/contractor team has completed flight tests of a stability enhancement system that will allow the Rockwell International B-1B to fly low-level missions with full internal fuel and weapons. The new limits add 150,000 lb. to the maximum flight weights Strategic Air Command crews observe today, extend the low-level mission range by 1,108 naut. mi., and allow in-flight refueling to be performed at 25,000 ft. Earlier B-1B configurations could not refuel to the 440,000-lb. full-internal gross weight at this altitude without triggering a stall warning.
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