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Inside Whiteman AFB, home of the B-2


Northrup B-2 Stealth Bomber

Originally uploaded by rob-the-org

I came across two articles on-line from the week before last this morning. Both were written by a British journalist who got permission to visit Whiteman AFB – the home of the B-2 ‘Spirit’ Stealth Bomber.

Here is the article that got published – Daily Mail [http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1241116/Britains-new-bomber-command-The-2bn-aircraft-aiming-world-peace.html] and the overflow material that was published in the journalist’s blog [http://www.angusbatey.com/index.html?id=578&category=blog].

Both articles are worth reading. One of the highlights of the Daily Mail article was the too small picture of the cockpit (which basically looks like the glass cockpit in any modern airliner). The 2nd story was a closer look at the people who are involved with the B-2, including two RAF exchange pilots (one who is just joining the squadron, and one about to rotate out – and the justification for allowing a British journalist to come onto the base).

 

B-2 Spirit – pretty cool

B-2 Spirit on IR

B-2 Spirit on IR

This picture was supposedly taken by a Eurofighter Typhoon.  Obviously from below the B-2.  Pretty cool overall.  If you look to the trailing edge of the wing – near the center – you will see white lines – which is probably the heating from the engines.

I bet the same shot from overhead – would show a more dramatic rise in the exhaust signature.

I have to wonder though – why this image got out anyway.  It shows me – that the best way to look for a B-2 – would be from above.  Very high altitude a/c – or even an orbit IR sensor.

Unless it is time to illustrate the B-2’s shortcomings – so the NGB can get more $$$$.