06.29.06

Wow!

Posted in Aircraft & Flying, Military at 3:36 pm by Administrator

Two weekends ago, I saw the coolest thing I’ll probably see all Summer. The Peru airport had it’s annual airshow (which you may have seen on the news). As part of the show, the U.S. Air Force did a flyover with a B-2 Spirit bomber. I have seen that aircraft in countless movies as well as the mockup in Dayton, Ohio; but nothing prepared me for seeing it flying “in the flesh”. The plane made several very low passes before it flew away. I can’t think of a better Air Force recruitment technique.

After starting with something like that, the rest of the airshow seemed somewhat dull.

Kudos to capitalist_pig who managed to wake up in time to snap a few pictures of the flyover:

B-2 Spirit B-2 Spirit B-2 Spirit

Some facts about the B-2:

  • At $2.2 billion each, these aircraft cost nearly twice their weight in gold (and are worth every penny).
  • The aircraft can carry 80 500lb bombs or 36 750 lb bombs or 16 2000lb bombs or 16 nuclear weapons.
  • The B-2 can hit targets anywhere in the world with one refueling.
  • Did I mention it’s nearly invisible to enemy radar?

Imagine sitting in Moscow in 1988 knowing your enemy had something like this. (I don’t think they had Depends in Russia back then either.)