What it takes to keep the B-2 bomber flying

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Working the B-2 comes with specific challenges. Technically, it’s a challenging airplane, where careful, minute repair work is needed to maintain the low-observable coating that, as much as its unique shape, defines the B-2, reports Aaron Mehta for DefenseNews.com.

Apr 29th, 2019
What it takes to keep the B-2 bomber flying
What it takes to keep the B-2 bomber flying
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Working the B-2 comes with specific challenges. Technically, it’s a challenging airplane, where careful, minute repair work is needed to maintain the low-observable coating that, as much as its unique shape, defines the B-2, reports Aaron Mehta for DefenseNews.com.

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April 29, 2019 -"The workload in there is just outrageous," says producer and radio host Jeff Bolton, who worked with DefenseNews to put together a multimedia series on the B-2 Spirit. Bolton, himself a pilot, was invited into the cabin where he was allowed to take over flying the venerable bomber. In addition to the piece regarding the maintenance and the upkeep on the stealthy jet, DefenseNews explores the grueling 33-hour flights pilots endure, its armaments, a possible replacement for the T-38 companion trainer, and how pilots train and develop their skills in its series called "Global Strike." The series, including videos, is interesting for anyone looking to get under the hood - rather, in the cockpit - of the formerly hush-hush military aircraft.

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