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    Vroom! B-1B Bomber Departed Weds. @ 9:55 a.m.

    (February 25, 2004) -- The B-1B bomber which had been in LB since Feb. 23 for a visit with Boeing's B-1B team, departed on Wednesday Feb. 25 shortly before 10 a.m. (our unofficial time was about 9:55 a.m.)

    As previously reported by, the B-1B uses afterburners on take off...and although LB Airport asked the crew to use the minimal amount necessary, some level of afterburner use is apparently necessary as a safety matter for take off thrust.

    The B-1B used the main departure route on runway 30...and heard the take-off -- loud and clear -- at our world headquarters near Bellflower Blvd. and Wardlow Rd.

    To us, it was noisier than commercial flights but not as bad as other military aircraft have been. The B-1B made a steep climb over Cal. Hts. and Bixby Knolls, then disappeared in the clouds.

    LB Airport spokesperson Sharon Diggs-Jackson told says the Airport got a few calls regarding the take-off...and outreach done by Airport staff, City Hall and media outlets in advance may have helped prepare residents.

    LB Airport has no legal control over military aircraft; they come and go as they please.

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