A B1-B “Bone” Launch At Night Looks Downright Trippy

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The first newly upgraded operational B1-B Lancer prepares to take flight Jan. 21, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

The first newly upgraded operational B1-B Lancer prepares to take flight Jan. 21, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

It’s a bird? It’s a plane? It’s Superman coming off of a kaleidoscopic drug trip, wreathed in fire? No. It was the second one, but it looks about as wild. When the B1-B --- commonly referred to as “Bone,” shorthand for B-1 Bomber --- takes off from Nellis Air Force base, its four jet engines roar to life, both audibly and visually. Foxtrot Alpha’s collection of GIFs and short videos paints an otherworldly picture of this plane in takeoff.