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B-2 Spirit Bomber Aircraft

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B-2 Spirit Bomber Aircraft



 

B-2 Spirit Bomber Aircraft

The B-2 Spirit, or stealth bomber, was developed and built by an industry team consisting of Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Vought Aircraft Industries. Capable of delivering nuclear and conventional munitions, the B-2s primary mission is to attack time-critical targets early in a conflict to minimize an enemys war-making potential. Twenty-one B-2 aircraft are assigned to the U.S Air Force 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air
Force Base, Mo
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Capabilities



The B-2 supplies the following capabilities to its two-member crew:
  • Power plant: four General Electric F118-GE-100 engines
  • Speed and flight range: high-subsonic speeds and long flight range
  • Armaments: nuclear and conventional, including gravity bombs and maritime weapons
  • Stealthy design: low-observability characteristics to avoid radar detection
B-2 Design





The B-2 bomber has the ability to elude radar-guided air defenses due to its low-observable characteristics, and has sufficient structural capacity to deliver large payloads at long range. The aircraft incorporates the following features:
  • Advanced designs and technologies that make unprecedented use of composite materials
  • Product assembly and finishing that meet extraordinary tolerances and quality standards
  • Final production tooling implemented directly from the computer-aided design (CAD) system without the use of development tooling
Boeing's Role



Boeing in Seattle is currently doing work on the B-2's smart bomb rack and SATCOM radio. Boeing previously provided the following components:
  • Primary structural components -- the outboard wing and aft-center sections
  • Fuel systems
  • Weapons-delivery system
  • Landing gear
Milestones


  • 1988: the first B-2 was completed
1989: made its first flight July 17
1991: the Air Force and B-2 industry team received the Collier Trophy
1993: the B-2 entered the U.S. Air Force operational fleet

 

 


 

   


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