This B-1B Departure Will Melt Your Face Off

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Watching a B-1B takeoff at night is like watching Han Solo’s beloved Millennium Falcon blasting out of a spaceport. Some of you mentioned seeing fully loaded B-1B departures from the hot desert runways of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Alas, video of exactly this has emerged, and yes, it is glorious.


And an older video as a bonus!:

Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address



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