B-2 Spirit’s Arctic Mission

Thirty-one years after its first flight on July 17, 1989 the B-2 Spirit may meet its replacement next year – but the world’s only flying wing still has a global presence.

Capable of delivering a nuclear weapon and flying for 6,000 nautical miles (9,600km), the US Air Force’s Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber demonstrated its ability to reach across the planet in June when it flew from Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Missouri, to the Arctic and back.

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