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GeminiJets Gemini MACS GMUSA096
Rockwell B-1B Lancer Diecast Model
USAF 28th BW, 34th BS Thunderbirds, #85-0069, Ellsworth AFB, SD

1:400 Scale   Length   Width
Rockwell B-1B Lancer   4.5"   4"

The history of the 34th Bomb Squadron dates back to World War I, when the U.S. Army organized the 34th Aero Squadron in June 11, 1917. During assignment with the 17th Pursuit Group, the squadron became equipped with the P-12 biplane fighter. In 1935 and 1936, the squadron gradually transitioned from the P-12 and P-26 Peashooter to the A-17 and YA-19, which it kept until 1940 when it began flying the B-18 and the B-23 bombers. On April 18, 1942, 34th crews famously flew the B-25 Mitchell from the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet with crews from the 37th Bomb Squadron during the Doolittle Raid against Japan.

When the unit moved to Ellsworth on April 1, 1994, it began flying the B-1B Lancer. Since 2003, the Thunderbirds have completed numerous deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. From 2006-2015, the 34th entered a regular deployment schedule with other B-1 units with one year at home station followed by six months deployed. On average, these deployments result in over 6,000 combat hours and more than 500 combat sorties flown supporting overseas contingency operations. On March 27, 2011 the 34th BS flew the first ever B-1 combat mission launched from the United States to strike overseas targets when it participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn, flying non-stop from Ellsworth to strike targets in Libya. On April 14, 2018, for the first time in history, the 34th BS employed Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles against components of the Syrian chemical weapons program.

Please note: An optional display stand is available separately if you wish to display this model "in-flight".

Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Designed as a replacement for the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 Lancer was first flown on December 23, 1974 but did not enter service until 1986. First envisioned in the 1960s, this aircraft took two decades to begin its career. Its development was halted and restarted numerous times, and it was alternately praised for its potential and decried as gross misuse of taxpayer money. Today, the B-1 operates as a long-range, supersonic low-level penetrator. Its speed and survivability are superior to the B-52, and its high-speed strike and large payload capabilities give it a unique role in modern strategic bombing operations.

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GeminiJets Gemini MACS

The GeminiJets "Gemini MACS" (Military Air Command Series) range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

GeminiJets "Gemini MACS" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction, including wings and tail surfaces.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Permanently extended metal landing gear.
  • Optional display stand available (sold separately) to display the aircraft "in flight".

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