Stealth Bomber
Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit
1998 to present


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Stealth Bombers have been regular participants at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House and other airshows since 1992. They are sometimes seen in the pattern at Air Force Plant 42 and other remote locations in the Mojave Desert.

1998 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airshow

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1067 B-2A Block 30 Spirit AV-2, 82-1067 Spirit of Arizona of the 393rd Bomb Squadron was displayed at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airshow on March 22, 1998.

1998 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 90-0040 B-2A Block 20 Spirit AV-15, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska of the 393rd Bomb Squadron participated in the flying demonstrations at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House on October 3, 1998. Its construction number is 1015. It was delivered to the Air Force as a B-2A Block 10 on January 12, 1995. It was upgraded to Block 30 configuration in 1999.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska

August 1999 Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 B-2A Block 20 Spirit AV-19, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk of the 393rd Bomb Squadron was spotted in the pattern at Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale on August 24, 1999. Its construction number is 1019. It was delivered to the Air Force in 1996. It was upgraded to Block 30 configuration in 2000. It is the only Spirit that is not named for a state.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk

1999 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 89-0128 B-2A Block 30 Spirit AV-13, 89-0128 Spirit of Nebraska of the 393rd Bomb Squadron participated in the flying demonstrations at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House on October 9, 1999.

2000 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-3, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing was displayed outdoors at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House on October 21, 2000. The lettering on the main gear doors slants in the opposite direction from its slant in 1997 and from the slant of the lettering on all other B-2As.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Stereo pair of B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-3, 82-1068 Spirit of New York. Cross your eyes until the two images line up to see the Spirit in 3-D.

January 2003 Death Valley

NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155 A B-2A Spirit was spotted flying in formation with the Boeing NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155 at an altitude of about 7,000 feet over Death Valley on January 24, 2003. The RTB is used to make radar images of stealthy aircraft. The images are used to evaluate the effectiveness of their stealth characteristics, to reveal the rate of degradation of the radar deflecting and absorbing components as the aircraft age, and to determine the effectiveness of maintenance and repair methods. Death Valley is utilized as a natural radar test facility. It is over a mile deep and a hundred miles long, shielded from all radar transmitters, providing an environment free from radar interference.

NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155 Study in black and white.

2003 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing B-2A Block 30 Spirit AV-3, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing approaches the flightline for a pyrotechnics pass.

B-2A pyrotechnics B-2A pyrotechnics.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing over Lehmann Ridge Spirit of New York flies near the rocket test stands on Lehmann Ridge.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing For the modelers: detail of the markings on the underside of Spirit of New York .

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York and Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, (83 or 85?)-0068 of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York and Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, (83 or 85?)-0068 of the 412th Test Wing.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York and Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, (83 or 85?)-0068 of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York taxis to its parking area as Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 0068 approaches for a landing on Runway 04.

2005 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, Lockheed MC-130E Combat Talon I, 64-0572, and Beech C-12A Huron, 76-0158 Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing takes off from Runway 22 as MC-130E Combat Talon I, 64-0572 and C-12A Huron, 76-0158 taxi out on taxiway Bravo at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House on October 22, 2005.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

B-2A pyrotechnics B-2A pyrotechnics

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, 412th Test Wing Spirit of New York.

F-22A EMD Raptor 91-4009, F-16D Block 40A Fighting Falcon 87-0392, F-16B Block 15AQ OCU Fighting Falcon 92-0455, F-117A FSD Stealth Fighter 79-10782, B-1B Lancer 85-0068, B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050, B-2A Spirit 82-1068 Spirit of New York, C-17A Globemaster III 03-3121, KC-135R Stratotanker 61-0320, MC-130E Combat Talon I 64-0572, and C-12A Huron 76-0158 Pass in review: F-22A EMD Raptor 91-4009, F-16D Block 40A Fighting Falcon 87-0392, F-16B Block 15AQ OCU Fighting Falcon 92-0455, F-117A FSD Stealth Fighter 79-10782, B-1B Lancer 85-0068, B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050, B-2A Spirit 82-1068 Spirit of New York, C-17A Globemaster III 03-3121, KC-135R Stratotanker 61-0320, MC-130E Combat Talon I 64-0572, and C-12A Huron 76-0158.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York Spirit of New York.

B-1B Lancer 85-0068, B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050, and B-2A Spirit 82-1068 Spirit of New York.

2006 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

B-2A 82-1068 Spirit of New York on October 28, 2006.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base on October 29, 2006.

Mojave Desert, September 26, 2007

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 <em>Spirit of New York</em> of the 412th Test Wing B-2A 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing over the Mojave Desert on September 26, 2007.

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 <em>Spirit of New York</em> of the 412th Test Wing B-2A 82-1068 Spirit of New York with a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon chase plane on September 26, 2007.


Previous B-2A Spirit Photos

Northrop-Grumman B-2A Spirit photos from 1992 to 1997 B-2A Spirit photos from 1992 to 1997.


Links

Link to Boeing's B-2 Spirit page.

Link to Joe Baugher's Northrop B-2A Spirit page.

Link to the Federation of American Scientists' Northrop B-2 Spirit page.


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B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-2, 82-1067, Edwards Air Force Base, October 23, 1993
B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-4, 82-1069, Edwards Air Force Base, October 29, 1996
B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-14, 89-0129 Spirit of Georgia, Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997
B-2A Block 20 Spirit AV-18, 93-1085 Spirit of Oklahoma, Nellis Air Force Base, April 26, 1997
B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-5, 82-1070 Spirit of Ohio, Edwards Air Force Base, October 18, 1997
Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 84-0049 and B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-5, 82-1070 Spirit of Ohio, Edwards Air Force Base, October 19, 1997
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 61-0006 and B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-5, 82-1070 Spirit of Ohio, Edwards Air Force Base, October 19, 1997
B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-5, 82-1070 Spirit of Ohio, Edwards Air Force Base, October 19, 1997
B-2A Block 20 Spirit AV-15, 90-0040 Spirit of Alaska, Edwards Air Force Base, October 3, 1998
B-2A Block 20 Spirit AV-19, 93-1086 Spirit of Kitty Hawk, Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, August 24, 1999
B-2A Spirit and Boeing NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155, Death Valley, January 24, 2003
B-2A Block 30 Spirit AV-3, 82-1068 Spirit of New York, Edwards Air Force Base, October 22, 2005

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B-2A Spirit

Wingspan: 172 feet

Length: 69 feet

Wing Area: 5000 square feet

Maximum Take-off Weight: 400,000 pounds

Maximum Bomb Payload: 80x Mk-82 1,000-pound bombs

Maximum Range: 11,500 miles

Powerplant: 4x 19,000 pound st General Electric F118-GE-110 turbofans



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