A T-38 Talon flys in formation with B-2 Spirit of South Carolina during a training mission over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/RELEASED)
Follow up to the “Read More” of Flight School 13’s gold discussion.
I received an anonymous PM earlier this morning pointing out two things with the B-2 gold calculations. The first is a minor technicality, but the second brought up historical gold prices that upon further investigation, revealed that my original answer was not entirely correct…
A B-2 Spirit of South Carolina fly’s during a training mission over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/RELEASED)
The stealth planes (Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 Nighthawk in particular) are some of my favorite military planes out there, before even the F-14 Tomcat (which is mad cool-its wings change angle to boost speed! How cool is that?)
USAF Northrop B-2A-30 Spirit 82-1068 ‘Spirit of New York’
USAF Northrop B-2A-30 Spirit 82-1068 'Spirit of New York’ of 509th BW/393rd BS 'Grim Reapers’ arriving at Fairford in the evening gloom and rain on Friday 6th July 2012. Canon 7D + Canon 100-400, ISO 1250, f6.3, 1/400sec.
A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft approaches the rear of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft before refueling during a training mission over the Midwest, Aug. 1, 2013. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Northrop GrummanThe Northrop Gruman B-2 Spirit bomber. Below are the most expense aircraft for the US Air Force to fly sorted by cost per hour of flight. 10. F-22 Raptor John Dibbs / Code One The “best combat plane in the world” only cost $58,059 an hour to fly. Small price to pay for the best. 9. B-1B Lancer via The Aviationist The B-1 makes up sixty percent of the Air Force’s bomber fleet and…
Air Force pilots of the 1980s-era stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber plan to fly the aircraft on attack missions against enemy air defenses well into the 2050s, service officials said.
“It is a dream to fly. It is so smooth,” Maj. Kent Mickelson, director of operations for 394th combat training squadron, told Scout Warrior in an interview.
In a special interview designed to offer a rare look into the technologies and elements of the B-2, Mickelson explained that the platform has held up and remained very effective — given that it was designed and built during the 1980s.
Alongside his current role, Mickelson is also a B-2 pilot with experience flying missions and planning stealth bomber attacks, such as the bombing missions over Libya in 2011.