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US Air Force's B-2 Stealth Bomber : 7 Facts

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    The US Air Force and manufacturer Northrop Grumman celebrated the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Stealth Bomber's first flight. It first flew on July 17, 1989.

    We take a look at some interesting details of the B-2 Stealth Bomber:

    Strike arsenal ::
    B-2 stealth bomber is a key component in US's long range strike arsenal. It is said to be one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.

    Bat-wing-shaped jet ::
    The B-2 is a tailless, bat-wing-shaped jet, which runs on four General Electric engines.

    Effective weapons system ::
    'For the past 25 years, the B-2 has been, and continues to be, one of the most decisive and effective weapons systems for influencing our adversaries and defending America's interests around the globe,' said Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

    25th anniversary ceremony ::
    Northrop Grumman conducted its 25th anniversary ceremony on the tarmac near the facilities where every B-2 bomber was built and where every B-2 comes for a periodic wingtip-to-wingtip overhaul known as programmed depot maintenance.

    Can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons ::
    The B-2 can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons. 'It is the only aircraft that combines stealth, long range, large payload and precision weapons delivery in a single platform,' claims Northrop Grumman.

    Fueling ::
    According to Northrop Grumman, the B-2 can fly more than 6,000 nautical miles un-refueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with one aerial refueling.

    20 tons of conventional and nuclear ordnance ::
    It has the ability to carry more than 20 tons of conventional and nuclear ordnance.
    Nineteen B-2s are currently based at Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the 509th Bomb Wing, while one aircraft is assigned to flight testing at Edwards AFB, California to validate software and weapon systems upgrades.
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