Air Force Unveiled Newest B-2
The Air Force's newest B-2 Spirit bomber was unveiled during a ceremony Dec. 16 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the ceremony, the stealth bomber was christened "Spirit of Kitty Hawk" in honor of the Wright Brothers' first flight. The Wright Brothers made four successful manned, heavier-than-air, powered flights on the morning of Dec. 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hill, N.C.
Orville made the first flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, at 10:35 a.m. Wilbur flew 852 feet in 59 seconds during the final flight of the day. The aircraft is assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo., home to the Air Force's B-2 fleet. Eight more B-2s are scheduled for delivery by 1998 to complete the fleet of 21 bombers.
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