B-2 Turns 25, Set to Get Upgrades

B-2 Turns 25, Set to Get Upgrades

The most intimidating aircraft in the world is 25 years old this week and is about to become even more advanced.

The nation’s fleet of B-2 stealth bombers, the pride of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, is poised to get nearly $10 billion in upgrades over the next several years to ensure it remains the most fearsome attack platform in the U.S arsenal. The bat-winged aircraft first took to the sky on July 17, 1989. Its maker, Northrop Grumman Corp., is throwing a party for it on Thursday in Palmdale, Calif.

At Whiteman, about 70 miles southeast of Kansas City, the pilots and the people who maintain the B-2 are looking forward to upgrades to the aircraft’s communications, avionics and other systems— even as the Air Force contemplates buying a whole new next-generation bomber.

For the complete story by Matt Campbell of The Kansas City Star, click here.

Updated: July 17, 2014 — 10:52 AM
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