B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber in Action | Training

The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.

Development originally started under the “Advanced Technology Bomber” (ATB) project during the Carter administration; its expected performance was one of his reasons for the cancellation of the supersonic B-1A bomber. The ATB project continued during the Reagan administration, but worries about delays in its introduction led to the reinstatement of the B-1 program as well. Program costs rose throughout development. Designed and manufactured by Northrop, later Northrop Grumman, the cost of each aircraft averaged US$737 million (in 1997 dollars).Total procurement costs averaged $929 million per aircraft, which includes spare parts, equipment, retrofitting, and software support. The total program cost including development, engineering and testing, averaged $2.1 billion per aircraft in 1997.

The B-2 is capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet (15,000 m), with a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles (6,900 mi; 11,000 km) on internal fuel and over 10,000 nautical miles (12,000 mi; 19,000 km) with one midair refueling. It entered service in 1997 as the second aircraft designed to have advanced stealth technology after the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk attack aircraft. Though designed originally as primarily a nuclear bomber, the B-2 was first used in combat, dropping conventional, non-nuclear ordnance in the Kosovo War in 1999. It later served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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33 thoughts on “B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber in Action | Training

  1. I have a story to tell about this jet…

    So when I was about 5-6 years old, I had a dream about one of these. But the thing is, I had never even seen or heard about these. I thought my mind had just made it up to go along with the dream. And even in the dream, it was extremely stealthy, and extremely feared. Then YEARS later I found out that they actually existed and I was shocked.
    Dreams are weird, man.

  2. Дайте Украине поиграться, вы же давно ими играетесь, ну что вам жалко … ненадолго, часов на десять всего … можно даже транзитом, от Калининграда до Владивостока и дальше через пролив уже и Америка ✌️🇺🇦 …

  3. 창조국 멋지다.~
    북한 통일 만들어주시소~~
    정치적으로 따지지마시고 북한주민들위해
    희생은 따라나
    큰그림을 거려봅시다.
    한반도 통일 시켜주세요.
    통일된 대한민국 있음
    중국은 꼼짝못한다.
    통일 된 대한민국 만들어
    주세요.
    창주국~♡
    미국 화이팅 ~~

  4. А пусть американцы возьмут и подарят России пару таких самолетов в виде жеста доброй воли …и один Кадырову в Чечню .

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