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    An ear-splitting roar and a ground-trembling vibration experienced from underneath the full 123,100lbf thrust of four General Electric F101-GE-102 afterburning turbofans, powering United States Air Force B-1B Lancer ‘Key City Bomber’ into the air from Runway 27 at RAF Fairford – departing on an afternoon flight training across Europe during the currently ongoing ‘Bomber Task Force Europe 22-1’ UK deployment as ‘DARK41’.

    An example from the 28th Bomb Squadron, under the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas – the aircraft is one of 45 active B-1Bs – often affectionately nicknamed as ‘Bones’ – currently in the US inventory, after a recent fleet divestiture program was completed this year.
    Introduced in 1986, the variable-sweep-wing supersonic aircraft forms one of three key strategic bombers in the USAF’s Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), joining the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit.

    Nikon D850, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4 ED VR