B-1 Bomber Program

The subcommittee heard testimony on the Pentagon’s B-1 bomber program. The B-1 bomber, a warplane originated to replace the B-52 bomber,… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on the Pentagon’s B-1 bomber program. The B-1 bomber, a warplane originated to replace the B-52 bomber, costs $280 million per plane. The B-1 bomber program began producing planes in 1986 and has come under fire for numerous design and production problems. B-52 bombers were used in the Persian Gulf war, whereas the B-1 bomber was not. Representatives from the General Accounting Office discussed the problems in design of the B-1 bomber, including faulty engine blade design and a faulty de-icing system, but advocated a recovery program to support the entire B-1 bomber program for the costs that will still need to be incurred to make the current fleet of planes fly safely. Representatives of Eaton/A.I.L. Systems, Inc., the avionics corporation responsible for the avionics systems for the B-1 bomber, discussed the production history of the warplane and responded to criticism of their performance concerning the aircraft. Mr. Pierro, an executive of Rockwell, Intl., the producer of the plane, advocated the production of the B-1 bomber for the advantages it will give to the U.S. armed forces after the recovery program is complete. Members of the U.S. Air Force advocated the continuation of the B-1 bomber program, lauding the warplane for its performance in comparison with existing, working planes. close

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Program ID:
16953-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 06, 1991 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Mar 08, 1991 | 1:53pm EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Mar 06, 1991 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 06, 1991 | 7:25pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 07, 1991 | 3:50am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 08, 1991 | 1:53pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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