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Northrop B-2A Spirit

Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, 89-0128 / WM, c/n 1013/AV-13 © Roel Reijne
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B-2A Spirit

Strategic Stealth Bomber

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.
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 m172,0 ft
Wing Area478,0 m5145 ft
Length21,03 m69,0 ft
Height5,18 m17,0 ft
First Flight17.07.1989
Production Statusout of production
Total Production21
Data for (Version)Northrop B-2A Spirit
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.

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