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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. Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. F-86F-30 (here, next to this marker); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (here, next to this marker); James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk (here, next to this marker); A-4AR Cockpit Trainer (within shouting distance of this marker); MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright J65 Turbojet Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101 VOODOO Escort Fighter (within shouting distance of this marker); William J. "Pete" Knight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmdale.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
B-2 Spirit - Stealth Bomber image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 28, 2010
3. B-2 Spirit - Stealth Bomber
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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