DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — After flying in Air Force transports, fighters and tiltrotor aircraft within the last year, my flight in a B-1B Lancer was an experience unlike any other.

“It flies like a jet,” I said to the 9th Bomb Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Erick Lord (also the weapons system officer sitting in the offensive position in the plane) after climbing down the ladder back onto the ground.

Lord beamed.

The B-1 can climb thousands of feet into the air, but also kick back its wings and dive low, pull a few Gs, and follow the Earth like a jet ski skimming water.

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