Skip to comments.USAF Photo of the Day: Awesome!
Posted on 03/24/2011 11:49:14 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber soars over the Pacific Ocean. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20061021.htm (medium, large)
Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force
God is in charge of scenery. Great job!!
I saw one of these fly low-level over the Rose Bowl Parade a couple of times - amazing!
Batman n` Bombin`
Skunkworks deserves a true “Thank You” for what they do.
Great! But what’s it doing over the Pacific? Are we attacking Australia?
Several years ago I was on the second floor of our condo where we used to live when one of those flew by.....or one like it...it was awesome! (and, I NEVER use the word “awesome.”)
Yes, for the SR-71.
The B-2 was built by Northrup Grumman as the general contractor (with a hoard of subcontractors).
Lockheed’s design was rejected. You can read about it in Ben Rich’s book “Skunk Works”.
When I realize that probably some 20-25 year old “KID” is flying that ..... it sure challenges my perspective on my own life!
Death From Above!
Ben Rich was told (and believed) a smaller stealth bomber would win the contract and that’s what they went for.
I just get all tingly when I think about the platforms in the bullpen for future production to keep us ahead of the pack.
You never know. Everywhere, there may be muslims that need protection.
Highly unlikely! More like 35 to 50 year old lifer who is as professional and decent as they come. Not to say that 20 year olds are not, but you don’t sit in a (THAT) bird until you have finished college and the Academy. Then you cut your teeth for a decade to get the chance.
I love yuor posts - thanks!
Thank you for my new desktop background.
The B2 takes my breath away. I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a few flyovers. It never gets old.
“It’s 5700 miles to Libya, we got a full rack of bombs, half a pack of cigarettes, we’re in an invisible plane, it’s dark... and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
LOL - all they'd need is a rigged-up 8-track playing The Best of Sam & Dave.
Right. There are a few B2 drivers who are Captains, but most of them are have the rank of Major.
I live under the flight path of CONUS stationed Spirits (figure out where yet?) and I see them going and coming and I say a prayer of thanks for the drivers and the folks on the ground they protect from angels 30.
I see them refueling under a tanker headed east and three astern.... I guess they need drink after takeoff with a heavy load in the rotary racks....
However, I truly admire the Warthog drivers that I see most days heading to and from practice, they were indispensible several times in my career.
Hogs rule (no, NOT a college team).
An expensive piece of of useless cold war junk that costs more than $1 Billion a pop so it’s too expensive to risk in an actual war or kinetic military engagement like Libya. Should have bought some non-stealth bombers for a lot less that can actually be used in these kinds of situations rather than expensive strategic bombers.
Now that me makes me feel better.
I only have lived 2 of their lifetimes! LOL
I wonder what my next decade holds? Lots of FREEPS and Tea Parties? Doesn’t seem to compare with their great accomplishments.
“so its too expensive to risk in an actual war or kinetic military engagement like Libya.”
What the heck are you talking about? These B-2’s have been flying in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Libya too.
Sounds like “ Sour Grapes” to me, but I guess if I had to live in L.A. I would be rather down on life also.P.S. No kids flying that bird, I bet both pilots graduated from Colorado Springs, and are at least majors, more power to them for doing the work that most of us cannot even think about,
The next step up from flying one of those babies is becoming an astronaut!
“I just get all tingly when I think about the platforms in the bullpen for future production to keep us ahead of the pack.”
Yup! From what I understand, those UFO sightings are really “ours” (military fellow explaining the phenomenon to me).
Look at it like this...the KC135 that refuels it is most likely 45 years old.....And the man flying it could be in the same seat that his father was in back when the plane was new.
Hush kits be damned! Who wants to go to North Jersey anyhoo. I love watching the fire red glow from the engines of that thing in the night sky.
I was watching the Military Channel this morning, and they had an hour Great Planes show on about the B-58 Hustler. Always thought it was one of the most beautiful planes ever..loved to build the Revell model as a kid.
Anyways, they're talking about the ejection seats for the three man crew...because it was a Mach 2 bomber, the crew needed much more protection if they had to eject. The engineers designed a capsule like device that pulled down over each aircrew before the seat ejected. They were confident it woudl work, but there was a lack of volunteers to test the seat at Mach 2. So the USAF got brown bears, strapped them into the front seat....the co-pilot flew the plane, and they blew the bears out at Mach 2. Did the test 3 times, the bears survived everytime..non the worse for wear..
I like this view of the B-2 as well.
I guess I had read too many stories of these young men and their ability to fly our munti-million dollar planes.
This plane is in another class altogether!
It still makes my minor accomplishments in a long lifetime seen insignificant. Then I look at my children and their families and my spirits SOAR!
Quite good looking...Oh you meant the aircraft...NEVERMIND! LOL