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B2

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Aircraft
Name B-2 Spirit
Manufacturer NORTHROP
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Delta wing
Tail No tail plane
WTC Heavy
APC C
Type code L4J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position In wing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4


Manufacturered as:

NORTHROP B-2 Spirit
NORTHROP Spirit
NORTHROP GRUMMAN Spirit
NORTHROP GRUMMAN B-2 Spirit


NORTHROP B-2 Spirit

NORTHROP B-2 Spirit NORTHROP B-2 Spirit 3D

Description

Low observable strategic bomber for USAF. In service since 1990. Advanced technology bomber development, flying wing almost invisible to radar. USAF planned to acquire 133 aircraft, but massive cost and the end of the cold war reduced the number to 20 (used by the 509th bomb wing in Missouri). Production ended in 1998.

Technical Data

Wing span 52.4 m171.916 ft
Length 21 m68.898 ft
Height 5.2 m17.06 ft
Powerplant 4 x GE F118-GE-110 (84.5 kN) turbofans.
Engine model General Electric F118

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 487 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.85 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 170600170,600 kg
170.6 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL500 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 60006,000 nm
11,112,000 m
11,112 km
36,456,692.94 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving B2

None on SKYbrary