Awesome diecast model of the awe inspiring B2 Spirit or “Stealth Bomber”. This 1:144 scale model has a wingspan of approx. 14” and can be displayed standing on it landing gear or included stand for a “just taking off” attitude. One bomb bay is displayed open showcasing its payload. <P>
The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering conventional and nuclear munitions. Its low-observable, or “stealth,” characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended, targets. The blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload gives the B-2 important advantages over existing bombers. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles (9,600 kilometers). <P>
The B-2’s low observability comes from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures. These reduced signatures make it difficult for sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track and engage the B-2. Many aspects of the low-observability process remain classified; however, the B-2’s composite materials, special coatings and flying-wing design all contribute to its “stealthiness.“ <P>
The B-2 has a crew of two pilots, an aircraft commander in the left seat and mission commander in the right an additional pilot often accompanies long duration missions to provide an opportunity for a pilot to rest. <P>
The B-2 delivers gravity nuclear and conventional weapons, including precision-guided standoff weapons. The B-2 is also capable of delivering the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.
B-2s, in a conventional role, staging from Whiteman AFB, MO; Diego Garcia; and Guam can cover the entire world with just one refueling and have conducted missions in support of the Global War on Terror.