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Northrop B-2 Spirit Bomber Plane

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is an American heavy stealth bomber introduced in to USAF operational service on the 1st of January 1997. A total of twenty one aircraft were produced with an effective cost of approximately $737 million per bomber, one aircraft was damaged beyond repair in February 2008 during take off, a result of moisture in a transducer, in February 2010 a second aircraft was severely damaged by an engine fire whilst preparing for takeoff. Operationally the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has been used  in the Kosovo War and Iraq and Afghanistan.

Northrop B-2 Spirit Bomber Plane

 
Northrop B-2A Spirit Specifications:
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 69 ft (21.0 m)
  • Wingspan: 172 ft (52.4 m)
  • Height: 17 ft (5.18 m)
  • Wing area: 5,140 ft (478 m)
  • Empty weight: 158,000 lb (71,700 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 336,500 lb (152,200 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 376,000 lb (170,600 kg)
  • Engines: Four 17,300 lbf (77 kN) General Electric F118-GE-100 non-afterburning turbofans
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.95 (525 knots, 604 mph, 972 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.85[31] (470 knots, 541 mph, 870 km/h)
  • Range: 6,000 nmi (11,100 km, 6,900 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,200 m)

Northrop B-2A Spirit Armament:

Two internal bomb bays for up to 50,000 lb (22,700 kg) of ordnance which may include the following -

  • Eighty 500 lb class bombs (Mk-82)
  • Thirty six 750 lb CBU class bombs
  • Sixteen 2000 lb class weapons (Mk-84, JDAM-84, JDAM-102)
  • Sixteen B61 or B83 nuclear weapons
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    Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit


     
    B-2 Stealth Bomber
     
    Northrop B-2 Spy caught!

    In October 2005, Noshir Sheriarji Gowadia, a Northrop Grumman design engineer who had worked on the B-2's stealth propulsion system was convicted of selling classified information to the People's Republic of China and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

     
    B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
     

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