InThe Beginning man strived to break ground and soar like the eagle.
On a December day in 1903 the Wright Brothers succeeded, thrusting man into the flying
Interesting enough the first aircraft sold by the Wright Brothers
was to the U.S. War Department starting a, at first weak, love affair with aircraft
and U.S. warfare. In those meager beginnings aircraft were used more for observation more
than for tactical or strategic effects.
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list of assigned aircraft with posters
As aircraft grew larger, louder, and faster, so did the enemies
ability to see, hear, and track through a multitude of ways. From ground observers to
electronic radar it has been the enemies task to identify opponents aircraft before their
targets have been bombed.
So was born the "stealth" age. It wasn't recently but
long ago when the United States started looking for ways to hide their aircraft from enemy
radar. Flying at night was one of the first attempt to allude enemy detection. Other ideas
from quieter engines to dropping chaff (small strips of metal in bundles that spread
through the sky when dropped from the aircraft) decreased the chance of being identified
and allude enemy weaponry..
As technology develops so must the U.S. military. Northrop
introduced The Vision of a flying wing came long before what has been developed
today. Fifty years ago Northrop introduce the military to the XB-35, one of several
original flying wings. Though flown through many test flights and improved version
XB-49 was offered to the Air Force, neither "first flying" saw acceptance
or military service.
The years went by technology of flight continued to increase and
so was the need for "stealth" capabilities. The need was there, the vision was
there, and The Reality began. So secretly Northrop worked on and produce the
first "Stealth Bomber". Advances in technology eliminated the problems that
occurred with the first "flying wings".
Today the B-2 "SPIRIT" ,named for keeping the spirit of
freedom alive now and into the future, is the premier bomber of the United States Air
Force. Precision and Stealth Power make it on of the most efficient aircraft
The only base with assigned B-2's is Whiteman AFB, MO. Located 60
Miles southeast of Kansas City, MO., Whiteman is one of the premier bases in Air Combat
Command. Set close to Knob Noster State Park, the base is a mixture of top of the line
facilities and the beautiful rolling hills of central Missouri. The base is spotted with
vintage aircraft including B-52D, FB-111, and KC-97.
The best time to catch the B-2 flying is early morning or late
afternoon. It is a real sight to see the mysterious and sleek aircraft piercing through
low altitude clouds during early spring and late fall. At first glimpse it may seem odd
not to see no tail on such a large aircraft but don't be fooled. It may be big but it is
fast and powerful, with the precision bombing matched by no bomber aircraft in any nations
When traveling through central Missouri on Interstate 70 or Hwy
50 don't be surprised to see the majestic aircraft flying overhead practicing the peace.
Multi-role heavy bomber.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Boeing Military Airplanes Co., General Electric Aircraft Engine Group
Hughes Training Inc., Link Division