US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber caught on Google Earth
A $ 2 billion B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is now visible on Google Earth after a Reddit user shared a photo of the plane flying over a farmer’s field in Missouri.
The user, as Hippowned, posted the photo of Davis, Missouri on Monday, which has since drawn considerable attention to their feed.
The B-2 Spirit stealth bombers were designed and manufactured by military technology supplier Northrop Grumman and took flight in 1989.
The plane is said to be one of 21 and is said to be based at Whiteman Air Force Base, which is only about 20 miles south of where it was spotted.
Besides the image, the Reddit user also added the coordinates of the stealth bomber which can be viewed on Google Earth at 39 01 18.5N 93 35 40.5W.
The Reddit post has since racked up 109,000 upvotes and 3,000 comments. A short video from YouTuber My Garden Channel zooming in on the stealth bomber has also since been posted.
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A photo of a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was posted on Reddit Monday after it was seen flying over a farmer’s field in Davis, Missouri
The stealth bomber is now visible on Google Earth at 39 01 18.5N 93 35 40.5W
The B-2 Spirit was created for the United States Air Force as a method of silently sneaking into enemy territory, such as the Soviet Union, to transport nuclear weapons there.
“The B-2 is designed to fly through the maelstrom when Los Angeles is on fire and GPS signals are scrambled,” William Langewiesche said in a 2018 article for the Atlantic.
“It is designed to defeat the most advanced air defense systems in the world. In addition to its conventional navigation capabilities, it has autonomous systems that operate independently of any transmitter on the ground or in space. ‘
The plane is also 69 feet long and 17 feet high with a wingspan of 172 feet – half the length of a football field, according to Newsweek.
The structure can also carry up to 20 tons and is known for its impressive speed.
“The B-2 can travel 6000 nautical miles without refueling and 10,000 nautical miles with a single refueling,” according to the manufacturer’s website. “It can reach any point in the world in a matter of hours.” It can also reach heights of up to 50,000 feet.
In addition to its military advances, the bomber also has a toilet, microwave, coolers, rest area and “extremely comfortable” cockpit seats, according to Langewiesche.
The $ 2 billion B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was created and designed by military technology company Northrop Grumman and took to the skies in 1989
The aircraft was designed to sneak into enemy lines, such as the Soviet Union, and carry nuclear weapons
The B-2 Spirit also has quite a story as it has stealthily traversed enemy lines for various missions.
“During its legendary combat debut in Operation Allied Force, the stealth bomber flew less than 1% of total missions, but destroyed 33% of targets in the first eight weeks of conflict,” Northop said. Grumman.
“The B-2 also set a record with a 44-hour air combat mission in 2001. Its ability to penetrate enemy territory undetected is the reason it was called to duty in the opening phases of several conflicts, including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operation Odyssey Lightning. ‘
The Air Force plans to spend around $ 203 billion on a new B-21 Raider that will have at least 100 models.
“Designed to operate in the high-end threat environment of tomorrow, the B-21 will play a critical role in ensuring America’s sustainable air power capability,” the Air Force wrote.
The new bombers would cost around $ 639 million in 2019 dollars, according to Task & Purpose.
However, the Model B-2 can currently be used for online viewing on Google Maps.
The plane is 69 feet long and 17 feet high with a wingspan of 172 feet
It can travel 6,000 nautical miles without refueling and 10,000 nautical miles with a single refueling and reach up to 50,000 feet
The app credited Maxar Technologies for the stellar capture of the aircraft.
“To create a satellite image, we choose three bands and represent them each in shades of red, green, or blue,” NASA said on its website.
“Because most visible colors can be created by combining red, green, and blue light, we then combine the red, green, and blue scale images to get a color representation of the world. “
Despite high praise for the post, Reddit user Hippowned has since given Scott Wagner full credit after finding the image in a Facebook group.
“Although Reddit was not the first site it appeared on, the fact that none of the 100,000 Redditors who voted it, let alone the countless others who saw it, suggests to me that that’s a pretty new discovery. Editors love to call reruns, you see! ”they said, according to Newsweek.