In this picture a KC-135A is in contact with a Rockwell B-1A. The vertical fin says “B-1B”, but this is because the aircraft is participating in the test program that would eventually spawn the B-1B. The B-1A was a faster version of the B-1 and reached a maximum speed of mach 2.22 compared to the B-1B’s top speed of mach 1.2. During refueling the B-1 is able to accept up to 1,000 gallons per minute of fuel, even then it can take over 20 minutes to fill the tanks.
- B-1 Lancer. (2009, May 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:29, May 11, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=B-1_Lancer&oldid=288582654