April 03, 2002
B-1 & the Press

Here's another case of the news readers distorting things: The impression you get from watching & reading the mainstream press is that the B-52 is THE bomb dropper in Afghanistan. Not true. As this cool story and other articles I've read in Aviation Week & Space Technology relate, the B-1 is actually dropping most of the bombs. The B-1 drivers are beginning to get more than a little p-o'd about this, hence this "official" article.

Why do we only hear about B-52s? Because the B-52s fly in the daytime, and the camera monkeys can't film what happens at night. Gotta love 'em.

I was talking to someone at an airshow once who wondered what the point of big bombers was since the F-117 carries the same stuff. I walked him over to the 117 driver and asked "how many laser guided bombs (LGBs) can you carry?" His answer: 2. I walked him over to the B-1 guy (who had noticed us and was looking kind of amused) and asked him the same question. His answer: 24.

Posted by scott at April 03, 2002 02:44 PM

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