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B-2 stealth bomber made its maiden flight 25 years ago
B-2 stealth bomber made its maiden flight 25 years ago

The radar-evading B-2 stealth bomber has been called one of the greatest achievements in military technology. With its distinctive “flying wing” design, the B-2 has a wingspan nearly as long as the Boeing 747 jumbo jet and yet it on radar it looks to be about the size of a tennis ball -- at least that's what the Pentagon says publicly. On Thursday, the builder, Northrop Grumman Corp., celebrated the 25th anniversary of its maiden flight over the Mojave Desert on July 17, 1989. The event at Northrop’s facility in the high-desert city of Palmdale included a reenactment of the bomber’s first flight. Speakers included Bruce Hinds, co-pilot on the first B-2...

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