The B-2 stealth bomber made its first overseas deployment 20 years ago — here’s why it’s still one of the most feared aircraft in the sky
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America’s most important and expensive weapon systems – the B-2 Spirit.
The B-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot. Its shape – paired with the plane’s stealth systems – would enable it to be undetected by Soviet radars. The B-2’s long range meant it could fly deep into enemy territory and return home.
this week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America's most important and expensive weapon systems the b-2 spirit the b-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot its shape paired with the planes stealth systems would enable it to be undetected by Soviet radars the beador's long-range meant it could fly deep into enemy territory in return home with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the b2 has been used as a conventional bomber it made its combat debut during the Kosovo war in 1999 and has since flown sorties in Afghanistan Iraq and Libya more recently the b2 has been placed in bases in the Pacific as part of a strategy to deal with potential threats from North Korea here's why it's one of the most feared aircraft in the world the b-2 bomber was shown to the public for the first time in 1988 just before the end of the Cold War its stealth capabilities were virtually unmatched the b-2 can carry 16 2,400 pounds b83 nuclear bombs but it's official limit of 40,000 pounds of ordnance means it can carry a massive amount of precision guided munitions the b2 has a max range of six thousand nine hundred miles on a single tank but aerial refueling can keep the bomber up indefinitely on one bombing mission to b2 s flew a 34 hour round trip mission from Missouri to Libya and were refueled in the air 15 times each of the current 20 b2 s in service are named after estates here the spirits of New York can be seen at the British Royal International Air Tattoo in July of 2012 the b2 is a flying wing aircraft so it has no fuselage or tail this means it has low drag high structural efficiency and generates more lift than other fixed wing aircraft the beach's max speed is mach 0.9 five or six hundred thirty miles per hour because of its capabilities b2 s have been deployed to Guam to keep an eye on North Korea they are also extremely important for keeping other countries like China and Russia and check at home the b2 is often seen in flyovers during sports events the b2 is currently one of three strategic bombers currently in use by the US Air Force the other two being the b-52 Stratofortress and the b-1 Lancer the Air Force plans to retire the b2 in the early 2030s there's 1500 complete that's a low complete disconnect just very tough I want you