2003 Record Attempts Certified
Records set by a B-1B
Lancer during the 2003 Edwards AFB Open House and Air Show were
officially certified April 30 by the Fédération
Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. In two flights
Oct. 25 and 26, the B-1B set 45 world records and broke five
previously set records in the National Aeronautic Association C-1Q
and C-1R, Group III weight class.
The 330,000-pound bomber falls into subclass C-1 for landplanes
and Group III for its turbojet engines, said Maj. Wim Libby, 419th
Flight Test Squadron assistant director of operations. It was a
long process to get the records certified, Major Libby said.
After the flights, the NAA observers had to complete a detailed
report for each record, he said. Once observers completed the
report, the records needed to be approved as “national
records” by NAA officials. Then all the paperwork had to be
sent to the FAI.
"Because we had so many records, it took (FAI officials) a few
months to go through all the paperwork again and verify we
satisfied all the requirements before they declared the results
official world records," he said.
With the start and finish of most record-breaking flights flown
above air show activity, the bomber followed three closed-circuit
courses and two speed dashes.
"It was an unbelievable honor to be a part of an event of this
magnitude and certainly was the opportunity of a lifetime for most,
if not all of us,” said Maj. Troy Asher, 419th FLTS director
of operations. “For the past 11 years, I have been part of a
large group of aviators who have been trying to get the world to
stand up and take note of the awesome capabilities of the B-1B.
“Ironically, this record-setting event comes at a time
when the B-1B is also proving itself … in operations around
the world. This event will possibly serve as icing on the cake for
the great things the B-1B is doing in support of the war on
terrorism and help solidify it as the weapon system of choice for
the future," he said. [ANN Thanks Senior Airman Matthew Dillier,
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs]