posted on Aug, 28 2017 @ 02:34 PM
a reply to: verschickter
The "Bones" in my avatar is based on the old school VF-84 Jolly Rogers. Back when they were an F-14 unit they had the skull and crossbones on the
tails, and were one of the best fighter units around.
As for the B-1, many times. They had a 100% deployment break rate. At some point in their deployment one of their jets was going to break hard. Back
when Kansas had them in the Guard, they wound up leaving one for about three weeks over Christmas because they lost an engine just before they went
When they came back to change the engine, we had four drop in unannounced, because all four had suffered engine damage. They were coming out of
Singapore after an exercise/airshow deployment and had to choose between running the navigation system or inlet deicing. They took ice down at least
one engine on all the aircraft. Three had to have the engine pulled and at least five blades pulled and replaced, the fourth needed a new engine.
They've majorly overhauled them in the last couple of years and improved just about everything, but I was told by a crew chief there was no such thing
as a Fully Mission Capable B-1. Something on every aircraft was broke.
That said, they are pretty, and one of the coolest days on the ramp was running down by the runway and being where three of them lifted the nose off
the ground, taking off thirty seconds apart.