B-2 “Spirit” Stealth Bomber: Cutting Edge Classic

first published on March 3, 2017 by

Growing up, I always wanted to be an offensive fixed-wing military aircraft pilot. The B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber captivated my interest and imagination since the beginning.

Although only the second official stealth aircraft to roll out, behind the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk attack aircraft, the Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 stealth bomber is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses that flies with a crew of two.

This bad mother trucker can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, and it blows my mind that this, still cutting edge, aircraft is now considered a classic, even to the point of being vintage.

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