A Look Inside the B-2 Stealth Bomber

A B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing, 13th Bomb Squadron Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., prepares to be refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. during a nighttime aerial refueling mission over Southern Kansas, Oct. 21, 2015. (Photo by Benjamin Mota/Air Force)A B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing, 13th Bomb Squadron Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., prepares to be refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. during a nighttime aerial refueling mission over Southern Kansas, Oct. 21, 2015. (Photo by Benjamin Mota/Air Force)

Air Force pilots of the 1980s-era stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber plan to fly the aircraft on attack missions against enemy air defenses well into the 2050s, service officials said.

“It is a dream to fly. It is so smooth,” Maj. Kent Mickelson, director of operations for 394th combat training squadron, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

In a special interview designed to offer a rare look into the technologies and elements of the B-2, Mickelson explained that the platform has held up and remained very effective — given that it was designed and built during the 1980s.

Alongside his current role, Mickelson is also a B-2 pilot with experience flying missions and planning stealth bomber attacks, such as the bombing missions over Libya in 2011.

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  • Ken Spencer

    When did they move Whiteman AFB to Mississippi? All this time I thought it was in Missouri.

  • Germany designed this flying wing since 1932 it paid off for America to defeat Germany for its rocket technology munitions and took apart hundreds of factories with its scientist shipped to America small wonder they boast and brag about themselves to those who do not know

    • Stahlhelm

      Use of punctuation makes your views way more agreeable, you know…

    • blight_

      Northrop had a flying wing fetish that started in the ’30s, with some research going into a full-sized bomber that began before WW2.

      The only Amerika Bomber that was a flying wing was a scaled up version of the Horten Ho 229, the Horten H.XVIII. The American product was probably further along.

      Yes, Operation Paperclip was useful, but it’s worth noting that magic Paperclip didn’t save Northrop’s wing from its later problems.

  • C.D K.

    B2 Design started in the 70’s not the 80’s Engineers from the B1 program were involved, due to the B1A production cancellation.