B-2 Spirit Bomber

B-2 Spirit Bomber

This photo was taken last year on a trip to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri. The B-2 Spirit Bomber or Stealth Bomber calls Whiteman AFB home which uses the motto "Anywhere, Anytime".

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons. The bomber has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.

Development originally started under the "Advanced Technology Bomber" (ATB) project during the Carter administration, and its performance was one of his reasons for the cancellation of the supersonic Rockwell B-1 Lancer. ATB continued during the Reagan administration, but worries about delays in its introduction led to the reinstatement of the B-1 program as well. Program costs rose throughout development. Designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman with assistance from Boeing, the cost of each aircraft averaged US$737 million (in 1997 dollars). Total procurement costs averaged $929 million per aircraft, which includes spare parts, equipment, retrofitting, and software support. The total program cost including development, engineering and testing, averaged $2.1 billion per aircraft in 1997.

Technical Information:
Camera – Nikon D5200
Lens – Nikkor 18-300mm Zoom
ISO – 100
Aperture – f/5.6
Exposure – 1/1600 second
Focal Length – 300mm

The original RAW file was processed with Adobe Camera Raw and final adjustments were made with Photoshop CS6.

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