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It took into account the greatly increased capability of ground defenses, including radar tracking and ground-to-air missiles. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock. By the time the early problems had largely been resolved and SAC interest in the bomber had solidified, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara decided that the B was not a viable weapon system. The initial flight lasted 38 minutes and was made without the pod and without the use of afterburners. Actually the space enclosed by the wing and fuselage aft of the crew compartment is divided by bulkheads into four tanks. MB-1C original combined expendable underbelly fuel and weapon pod. Retrieved 14 May Once the trainers entered service, the number of accidents in operational Bs decreased dramatically.