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USAF Photo of the Day: Awesome!
U.S. Department of Defense ^ | May 2, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Cecilio Ricardo

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)

The Photographer 
Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force  



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: b2; bomber; sprit; stealth

1 posted on 03/24/2011 11:49:20 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

God is in charge of scenery. Great job!!


2 posted on 03/24/2011 11:51:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: EnjoyingLife

I saw one of these fly low-level over the Rose Bowl Parade a couple of times - amazing!


3 posted on 03/24/2011 11:53:06 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: EnjoyingLife

Batman n` Bombin`


4 posted on 03/24/2011 11:53:06 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: EnjoyingLife

Skunkworks deserves a true “Thank You” for what they do.


5 posted on 03/24/2011 11:53:36 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Great! But what’s it doing over the Pacific? Are we attacking Australia?


6 posted on 03/24/2011 11:54:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: jda

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.”)


7 posted on 03/24/2011 11:55:48 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: blackdog

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”.

http://www.amazon.com/Skunk-Works-Personal-Memoir-Lockheed/dp/0316743003


8 posted on 03/24/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: EnjoyingLife

When I realize that probably some 20-25 year old “KID” is flying that ..... it sure challenges my perspective on my own life!


9 posted on 03/24/2011 11:57:51 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: EnjoyingLife

Death From Above!


10 posted on 03/24/2011 11:58:31 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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Ben Rich was told (and believed) a smaller stealth bomber would win the contract and that’s what they went for.


11 posted on 03/24/2011 11:59:24 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

I just get all tingly when I think about the platforms in the bullpen for future production to keep us ahead of the pack.


12 posted on 03/24/2011 12:02:09 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Great! But what’s it doing over the Pacific? Are we attacking Australia?

You never know. Everywhere, there may be muslims that need protection.

13 posted on 03/24/2011 12:04:25 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I believe they is a squadron at Guam, at least that is where the first one crashed.
14 posted on 03/24/2011 12:06:10 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: ClearCase_guy
I believe there is a squadron at Guam, at least that is where the first one crashed.
15 posted on 03/24/2011 12:06:27 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: 3D-JOY

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.


16 posted on 03/24/2011 12:06:46 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: EnjoyingLife

I love yuor posts - thanks!


17 posted on 03/24/2011 12:07:30 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Thank you for my new desktop background.


18 posted on 03/24/2011 12:19:29 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: EnjoyingLife

The B2 takes my breath away. I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a few flyovers. It never gets old.


19 posted on 03/24/2011 12:21:23 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: EnjoyingLife

“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.”

“Hit it.”


20 posted on 03/24/2011 12:30:29 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
“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.” “Hit it.”

LOL - all they'd need is a rigged-up 8-track playing The Best of Sam & Dave.

21 posted on 03/24/2011 12:33:04 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: blackdog

Right. There are a few B2 drivers who are Captains, but most of them are have the rank of Major.

- JP


22 posted on 03/24/2011 12:33:05 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: blackdog; 3D-JOY
The co-pilot might be a 25 year old, but I doubt the pilot in command is that young.
23 posted on 03/24/2011 12:35:45 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: EnjoyingLife

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).

Best


24 posted on 03/24/2011 12:42:19 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: EnjoyingLife

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.


25 posted on 03/24/2011 12:42:25 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: blackdog; TalonDJ

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.


26 posted on 03/24/2011 1:15:47 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: trapped_in_LA

“so it’s 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.

NFP


27 posted on 03/24/2011 1:16:48 PM PDT by Notforprophet
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To: trapped_in_LA

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,


28 posted on 03/24/2011 1:27:55 PM PDT by BooBoo1000
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To: blackdog

The next step up from flying one of those babies is becoming an astronaut!


29 posted on 03/24/2011 1:30:38 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: blackdog

“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).


30 posted on 03/24/2011 1:54:57 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry ("I've got tiger blood and Adonis DNA!")
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To: 3D-JOY

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.


31 posted on 03/24/2011 1:58:23 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: subterfuge
I once went on a company check-ride in the jumpseat of a cargo Lear 25. The ram air start was awesome. The single engine work was like butter. The shortfield takeoff and landing was the cat's derriere. Whata plane!

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.

32 posted on 03/24/2011 1:59:10 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: EnjoyingLife; All
Totally unrelated, but figured everyone here would enjoy this.

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..

33 posted on 03/24/2011 3:53:37 PM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
God is in charge of scenery. Great job!!


34 posted on 03/24/2011 3:57:27 PM PDT by SeeSac
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To: EnjoyingLife

I like this view of the B-2 as well.

35 posted on 03/24/2011 5:08:29 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: Yorlik803

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!


36 posted on 03/24/2011 7:46:03 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: concentric circles

Quite good looking...Oh you meant the aircraft...NEVERMIND! LOL


37 posted on 03/24/2011 7:48:02 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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