Minicraft Model Aircraft 1/144 B1A USAF Bomber Kit
The B-1 was designed to replace the aging B-52 to serve as a supersonic heavy bomber capable of delivering a nuclear payload. But after a lengthy development program, the B-1A was never deployed and cancelled in 1977 due to rising costs and increased vulnerability to improving Soviet defensive systems. The B-1A continued to serve long after the program was cancelled as a test bed for the B-1B. The B-1B while physically similar it was not capable of supersonic flight but included significant improvements in payload and avionics over the B-1A.
The Minicraft B-1A represents the B-1 during continued flight tests in 1981 in markings similar to that of the B-52 operating at that time.
- Engraved surface detail
- Basic cockpit, pivoting wings, optional open crew boarding door with ladder, detailed undercarriage and optional display stand
Decals for 2 USAF aircraft:
- s/n 76-0174, test program, UK, 1982
- s/n 76-0174 with Strategic Air Command insignia as preserved at the US Air Force Museum, 2009