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An American heavy stealth flying wing bomber introduced in 1997 manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

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Why does the B-2 Spirit have a pattern of thin white lines?

Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit strategic bomber is mostly black or dark grey, but has a symmetric pattern of distinctive, thin white lines painted on its wings and fuselage. I have not been able to ...
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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?

B-2 Spirit1 Payload 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms) Wingspan 172 feet (52.12 meters) Weight 160,000 pounds (72,575 kilograms) Maximum takeoff weight 336,500 pounds (152,634 kilograms) Range ...
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What are those hatches on the engines of a B-2 that are open during takeoff?

I just watched this drool-inducing video of Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, And noticed that there are a couple of hatches near each engine, which were open: I initially thought they were open for some ...
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What are some disadvantages that come with a design like a B-2 spirit bomber?

Here is a B-2 Spirit: source Source Many different things can get in the way with a design like a B-2. Although it has really good stealth and looks, does it have any disadvantages that come with ...
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How does a pilot board a B-2 Spirit?

I haven't noticed any sort of plug door, so how do pilots board the B-2?
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Is the F-117 actually inferior in its RCS than the F-22 and B-2?

This might seem like a purely opinionated thing, but bear with me. I think there is some general statement to be made here not based on guesswork. Question: Is the F-117 actually inferior in its RCS (...
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Why doesn't extending the flaps on a B-2 send it into an uncontrollable dive?

The Northrop-Grumman B-2, a tailless-flying-delta-wing aircraft, has a set of flaps along its trailing edge, as seen (for instance) in this cutaway diagram: (Image from Funker530.) But tailless ...
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Why do the B-2 Spirit's split elevons seem almost always deployed?

Looking at images and videos displaying B-2 spirit, it seems like split elevons are most of the time deployed, even at high speed. Why is it so? Having some aerodynamic surface deployed generates drag ...
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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....
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Is it coincidence that the B-2 and YB-49 flying wings have exactly the same wingspan?

Development of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit began as far back as 1979; however, this was nearly thirty years after the last flight of Northrop's earlier flying wing the YB-49. There aren't many ...
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Why is there no reconnaissance version of the B-2 stealth bomber?

So the B-2 is perhaps the stealthiest plane ever made. It has proven itself in combat missions when flying by night. But given the retirement of the SR-71 around 1990, I'm surprised the USAF did not ...
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What are the exact dimensions of a B-2 Spirit?

I want to make a 3D model of a B-2 Spirit bomber. However I'd like to know the excact dimensions of it so that I can make it at least somewhat accurate. I'd like to know the lenghts of the following ...
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How did the B2 Bomber achieve yaw [duplicate]

I came across this diagram of the B2. I was wondering how it achieved yaw. If I'm correct usually the rudder on the tail would do this, but the B2 does not have a tail. Does it have no need for yaw, ...
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How does the B-2 Spirit fly without a rudder? [duplicate]

On the B-2 Spirit bomber there are no rudders on the back of the aircraft, how does it fly without entering a flat spin or losing control, because when other aircraft like commercial liners lose their ...
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