The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: B-2A Spirit

The B-2A Spirit flies over the Utah Testing and Training Range in 2003 at Hill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Photo by Bobbie Garcia)

The B-2A Spirit flies over the Utah Testing and Training Range in 2003 at Hill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Photo by Bobbie Garcia)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY PUBLIC AFFAIRS --

Manufacturer: Northrup Grumman

Function: Multi-Role Heavy Bomber

Service Date: 1993

Speed: Mach 0.85-0.95

Crew: Two Pilots

Production: 21 Inventory: 20

Commentary: Based on flying wing concept pioneered on Northrup test bombers YB-35 and YB-49 in the 1940s. The first use of B-2s in combat took place in 1999 in Operation ALLIED FORCE.