I was doing research on control surfaces present on an aircraft and I noticed that some aircraft like the B2 Spirit does not have a vertical tail stabilizer and therefore no rudder either.

Northrup Grumman B-2 Spirit

How do aircraft such as these perform turns and counteract adverse yaw in banked curves? Do they apply some sort of differential thrust system for turning?


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Technically the B-2 bomber has rudders, they are "drag rudders" (or split rudder) and are located on the outer portion of the wing:

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The rudders open in a clamshell configuration to create a drag force on the outer part of the wing. Because these are on the outer part of the wing, they can create a significant yaw force.


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