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A Pictorial History of the B-2A Spirit Stealth Bomber

A Pictorial History of the B-2A Spirit Stealth Bomber

Jim Goodall

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This is a pictorial history of Jack Northrop’s dream, the B-2A Spirit, a low-observable, strategic, long-range, heavy bomber with the ability to penetrate sophisticated and dense enemy air-defense shields. It is capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet, with a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles (nm) unrefueled, and over 10,000 nm with one refueling, giving it the ability to fly to any point in the world within hours. Stealth technology has rendered radar systems ineffective by greatly reducing their detection ranges. After ten years of service, the B-2A finally achieved full operational capability in December 2003. An assessment published by the USAF showed that two B-2As armed with precision weaponry could do the job of seventy-five conventional aircraft.

Size: 12″ x 9″ | 525 color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350757 | Binding: hard cover

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Over the past thirty-five years, Jim Goodall has authored over two dozen books and articles on military aircraft, naval ships and submarines. This book on the Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit is his twenty-first published work. Goodall is an expert on Lockheed’s family of Blackbirds with multiple books on the subject. He also co-authored and published the very first book on the F-117A Stealth fighter with long time friend, Bill Sweetman. He’s written multiple books on Stealth aircraft, photo essays on the US Navy’s fleet of Ballistic Missile and Attack Submarines, and on the Nimitz Class CVNs.