USAF stealth bomber fleet grounded after major B-2A incident at Whiteman

A US Air Force (USAF)-operated Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber was involved in an incident on December 10 that caused damage to both the aircraft and the runway at its home airfield, Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Missouri.

The aircraft involved was 82-1068 ‘WM’ Spirit of New York, operated by the 509th Bomb Wing’s (BW’s) 13th Bomb Squadron (BS) ‘Fear the Reaper’. It was engaged in a routine operation from Whiteman when the stealth bomber experienced an in-flight malfunction. Details of the nature of the problem have not been disclosed, but the aircraft was able to return to Whiteman and make a successful emergency landing.

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