B-2 Spirit

B-2 Spirit (HMW5B)

Location: Palmdale, CA 93550 Los Angeles County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 36.171', W 118° 5.226'

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Nicknamed "Stealth Bomber"

— General Information —

Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Production Period: 1993 to 1997
Number Produced: 21
Production Series: Production Blocks 10, 20, and 30

Roles: Originally designed as a land-based all-weather intercontinental heavy-bomber for the US Air Force for nuclear weapons delivery, able to penetrate the most sophisticated air defenses with its low-observable (stealth) characteristics for the Cold War; later modified to also deliver conventional and guided weapons.

Performance and Specifications
(Figures given are for the B-2A model)
Maximum Speed: 680 mph (high subsonic)
Service Ceiling: 50,000 feet above sea level
Range: 6,000 miles (unlimited with aerial refueling)
Weapons: Upwards of 50,000 lbs. of conventional, guided and nuclear weapons can be carried.
Crew: Two pilots
Length: 69 feet
Wingspan: 172 feet
Height: 17 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 375,000 lbs.
Powerplant: Four General Electric F118-GE-100 turbofan engines providing 19,000 lbs. of thrust each
Achievements: Largest "stealth" aircraft; largest "flying wing" aircraft; considered the most survivable aircraft in the world; most expensive aircraft at $2 billion each

Note: The B-2's low-observability or stealth is derived not just from a reduced radar "picture," but also from a unique combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic and visual "pictures."
HM NumberHMW5B
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 400321 N 3829539
Decimal Degrees34.60285000, -118.08710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.171', W 118° 5.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 10.26" N, 118° 5' 13.56" W
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Area Code(s)661, 562, 310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2499 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93550, US
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