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Friday
Feb222013

Familiar Bird

The Northrup B-2 Spirit, which went operational in the late 1990s, was originally intended to be a deep-penetration nuclear bomber for use against the old Soviet Union.  Because it uses  stealth technology and would not have to worry about radar  detection,  the aircraft would be flexible in choosing its targets, a valuable capability in a nuclear conflict. However, when the Soviet empire imploded, the number of B-2's required was revised downwards, and only 21 were built.

The aircraft is instantly recognizable by its 'flying wing' shape:

 

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