Northrop B-2A Spirit

Strategic Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, 89-0128 / WM, c/n 1013/AV-13 © Roel Reijne
Photo ©: Roel Reijne (www.foto-expositie.nl)
The Northrop B-2A Spirit is a twin-engined two-seat heavy strategic bomber with stealth capability and a maximum weapon-payload of 40,000 lbs (18.144 kg) produced by the US-American manufacturer Northrop Corporation (today Northrop Grumman Corporation) used by the United States Air Force.
The turbofan engines of the B-2 are not after burner equipped. Today (09/2010) 20 of the 21 produced B-2 remain in service after loss of one aircraft in 2008. The B-2 is the most expenisve aircraft ever produced with a unit cost of approx. US$ 740 million.
Crew2
Propulsion4 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric F118-GE-100
Engine Power (each)84,5 kN19000 lbf
Speed850 km/h459 kts
  528 mph
Service Ceiling15.240 m50.000 ft
Range11.112 km6.000 NM
6.905 mi.
Empty Weight45.360 kg100.002 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight152.663 kg336.564 lbs
Wing Span52,43 m172 ft 0 in
Wing Area478,0 m²5145 ft²
Length21,03 m68 ft 12 in
Height5,18 m16 ft 12 in
First Flight17.07.1989
Production Statusout of production
Total Production21
ICAO CodeB2
Data for (Version)Northrop B-2A Spirit
VariantsB-2A

[Photo-ID: 11934] © Karsten Palt 2001-07-27
Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, United States Air Force (USAF), 89-0127, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2001Northrop Grumman
B-2A Spirit
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 89-0127
 
Royal International Air Tattoo 2001 [Royal Air Force Station Cottesmore (EGXJ)]
[Photo-ID: 5327] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, US Air Force (USAF), TA-1000, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop Grumman
B-2A Spirit
US Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: TA-1000
 
test aircraft, displayed as 82-1070
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5328] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, US Air Force (USAF), TA-1000, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop Grumman
B-2A Spirit
US Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: TA-1000
 
test aircraft, displayed as 82-1070
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5329] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, US Air Force (USAF), TA-1000, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop Grumman
B-2A Spirit
US Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: TA-1000
 
test aircraft, displayed as 82-1070
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]