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Stealth Bomber


Stealth Bomber
Virtually invisible to radar, the Stealth Bomber is a scientific vision turned reality
Commonly known as the Stealth Bomber, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a ground-breaking piece of aviation. The design was a giant leap forward in aviation technology and was first flown on 17 July 1989 before joining the US Air Force’s operational fleet in 1993. Four 19,000 pound thrust F118-GE engines allow the B-2 to cruise at high subsonic speeds and was, at its peak, the largest military programme at Boeing with 10,000 people employed on the project. The engine is so state of the art that it uses a temperature control system to minimise the aircraft’s thermal signature. A strategic, long-range heavy bomber, it only achieved full operational capacity in 2003, ten years after its introduction into the fleet. Twenty-one B-2s are now in operation and are located at the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri but are often transported around by a portable hangar system. The most frightening attribute of the B-2 is its capacity to carry an immense payload. Its armament includes many types of nuclear weaponry, Mark 84 bombs, cruise missiles and a rotary rocket launcher to name but a few. A key member of the USA’s long range strike arsenal, it can fly in any weather condition and is a force to be reckoned with, especially as it is being constantly updated and improved by the US Air Force.



Stealth Bomber