Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

B-2 Spirit

Nicknamed “Stealth Bomber”

 

—General Information —

 
B-2 Spirit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 28, 2010
1. B-2 Spirit Marker
Inscription.
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
B-2 Spirit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 28, 2010
2. B-2 Spirit Marker
$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."
 
Location. 34° 36.171′ N, 118° 5.226′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from East Avenue P, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 East Avenue P., Palmdale CA 93550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk (here, next to this marker); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (here, next to this marker); F-86F-30 (here, next to this marker); Blackbird Air Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palmdale School House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lamont Odett Vista Point (approx. 4.7 miles away); The San Andreas Fault (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Aerospace Valley (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Palmdale.
 
Also see . . .  City of Palmdale California. B-2 SPIRIT Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
B-2 Spirit - Stealth Bomber image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 28, 2010
3. B-2 Spirit - Stealth Bomber
 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement