The Lancer began its duties with Strategic Air Command as a nuclear-armed bomber in the mid-1980s. The end of the Cold War intervened, and the aircraft was removed from its nuclear missions as a result of arms control legislation. In order to retain the B-1 as a viable frontline type, the USAF re-rolled the Lancer as a potent conventional weapons carrier. The wide-range of ordnance which the B-1B can carry has seen it participating in Operation Desert Fox over Iraq, Operation Allied Force over Kosovo and Serbia, Operation Enduring Freedom against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when the aircraft was used to personally target Saddam Hussein.
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Author Biography - Thomas Withington
Thomas Withington is an independent defence and aviation historian based in London. His work has appeared in 'The Financial Times', 'The Observer', and 'The Guardian' newspapers, along with specialist publications. He is a consultant historian to the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and a military history editor for Summertime publishing. He has written several video documentaries examining air power and he is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television, CNN and Channel Four news.