# What is the meaning of Spirit ###?

This Popular Mechanics article writes (about the B-2 Spirit).

Only 543 people have ever flown in the cockpit of a B-2. Upon landing I'll become number 544, with the new Air Force handle "Spirit 544."

1. Do people who have flown in B-2 Spirits have the Air Force handle "Spirit ###?"
2. If so, which regulation/directive/etc. specifies that the handle of people who have ever flown in the cockpit of a B-2 Spirit be "Spirit ###?"
• @downvoter, Please comment or edit the question to improve it? Thanks! Apr 24 '19 at 6:29
• I’m not voting to close as “too broad” since it’s a very specific question, but it leans pretty far toward useless gee whiz trivia, uninteresting to nearly everyone. I suspect that explains the downvotes. But I don’t think it’s worth closing. Apr 24 '19 at 6:55
• I think you should rephrase the question title as "What is the meaning of Sprit ###?" and edit the detail of the question to indicate you think this is and then put your 2 subquestions. Apr 24 '19 at 7:37
• I suspect the title was meant to refer to "Spirit", not "Sprit", since the former is what you're using in the question body. If I'm wrong, feel free to roll back the edit.
– user
Apr 24 '19 at 8:20
• US military aviators get to choose their own 'handles' (callsigns), like "Maverick" and "Goose", so presumably it's a tradition that B-2 aviators choose "Spirit ###" as their handle. It doesn't have to be a regulation. Apr 24 '19 at 21:20

Spirit XXX (Number) and Callsigns are different.

Spirit Number is the order of having flown the B-2. This Covers Pilots and VIP, journalist or having been reward with this incentive flights.

eg.
Spirit 1: July 17, 1989: B. J. Hinds, Northrop’s chief B-2 test pilot,
Spirit 2: July 17, 1989: Col. R. S. Couch "Rick" USAF First Co-pilot


This is similar to the Bandit Number used for the F-117 (and maybe the SR-71)

The current number excess 760 now.

I am sure the B-21 will have a Raider number.

• Thanks for your answer! Is there actually a list of that somewhere? Jun 24 at 16:13
• I have seen no (online) public list - I assume there has to be a list and curator of it!
– Jets
Jun 25 at 12:58
• Ok, that's disappointing. Thanks for your answer though. Jun 26 at 19:13