Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
Some say that the B-1B is obsolete. I disagree. Much depends on the threat environment.
Exactly. The A-10 is supposed to be obsolete as well, unless it's used in a war in the third world, where air defenses are minimal, where it is a devastating weapon. I doubt we are going to war with China or Russia, so cutting edge isn't needed.
Peace through superior firepower.
It's a compromise: much more survivable but more expensive than the B-52, much less survivable and expensive than the B-2. The shame is we have < 100 B-52s, <100 B-1s, and <30 B-2s.
When McConnell AFB had them, they had a "program" called "Afterburner Nights". Basically, I think it was on a Thursday, a 3 ship cel of Bones taking off MITO after dark with full AB. I'm told AWESOME was the word (CAPS intended). As for obsolete, there is a place in war for a dump-truck load of 84 precision guided weapons. Properly used, nothing on earth can stand up to that.
I remember when the Georgia Air Guard had B1B's. The pilots would show up for their weekend drill and fly from Robbins to Afghanistan to deliver special packages to the taliban. I had a t-shirt that said, "Travel to strange and unusual places, meet strange and unusual people and kill them, but only on weekends."
For every Taliban fighter we kill with bombs, we kill 40 women and 60 children. We also create 10 suicide bombers and 10 implacable revenge seeking jihadies. That's the price for your "clean" push button war. When your goal is to have "war in perpetuity" and nothing else, murder comes easy. That is become the one and only US export. Murder; and we deliver world wide. Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11/2001. Yet we have killed more Afghan children in our war than Russia did with there's, and created generations of people that hate us and will seek revenge in our cities forever. OUR GOVERNMENT created this war for its own ends. That's the real lesson of the "Bone"
Bones. Just an adult Aardvark.