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Legendary B-2 Stealth Jet Marks 30 Years of First Flight

On 20 August, B-2’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, hosted an event to mark the legendary stealth bomber’s 30th anniversary of its…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at August 21, 2019 6:10 AM EDT Tags: , ,

On 20 August, B-2’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, hosted an event to mark the legendary stealth bomber’s 30th anniversary of its maiden flight at an event at Plant 42, in accordance to 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Three decades ago, on July 17, 1989, an oddly-shaped and the dark-colored new airplane flew in the sky from the Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

Lots of employees, local leaders, and army guests were on hand on the event, which involved Maj. Gen. James Dawkins, Joint-Global Strike Operations commander.

The airstrikes in that battle saw the B-2 in its first combat operations. The B-2’s success and its advanced know-how continued to Operation Enduring Freedom, Dawkins stated.

Dawkins flew B-2 into combat and took time to acknowledge those at the event, which made his mission a success.

The B-2 would make its way to close by Edwards Air Force Base where it underwent initial developmental testing. Edwards AFB continues to be a part of the B-2’s testing of operational methods capabilities improvements.

Sustainment modifications today remain an essential aspect of the B-2 program, and the Air Force continues to partner with Northrop Grumman to make sure it remains mission capable and prepared, Dawkins stated.

Janis Pamiljans, Northrop Grumman President of Aerospace Programs, worked on the B-2 for over 30 years ago as a flight test engineer. He stated the celebration held a secret place for him since the bonds that he formed working on the program and the human aspect it took for the Spirit to fly.