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The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit model plane, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy bomber with low observable stealth technology designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons.
This magnificent model aircraft is crafted by hand by a master modeler. The details on the aircraft models hull and fuselage are painstakingly carved from solid mahogany. The intricate details of the features of the real aircraft are masterfully carved into this model aircraft. This is what puts our models above the competition.
The paint work is done by hand and the call signs, insignias and other artwork are matched to the original airplane. A clear coat is then applied to protect the model plane and it's intricate artwork for a lifetime of enjoyment.
*Wing Span: 13.25"
The model aircraft comes with a handsome base and a plaque describing the aircraft and it's duties. It then undergoes strict scrutiny before being placed in its box. The B-2 Spirit is perfect as an addition for your collection or as an exquisite gift for an aircraft enthusiast. Each B-2 Spirit model plane will surely be appreciated by your friends and colleagues because it is one of the finest examples that relives their memory of the actual B-2 Spirit airplane.
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, an American heavy bomber, is also known as the Stealth Bomber for its "low observable" stealth technology designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons.
The cost of each aircraft averaged US$737 million in 1997 dollars. The total program cost, which includes development, engineering and testing, averaged US$2.1 billion per aircraft (in 1997 dollars).
The B-2's low-observable, or "stealth", characteristics give it the ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses to attack its most heavily defended targets. The bomber's stealth comes from a combination of reduced acoustic, infrared, visual and radar signatures, making it difficult for opposition defenses to detect, track and engage the aircraft.
The bomber has a crew of two and can drop up to 80 x 500 lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or 16 x 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs in a single pass through extremely dense anti-aircraft defenses.
The B-2 has seen service in three campaigns. Its combat debut was during the Kosovo War in 1999. It was responsible for destroying 33% of selected Serbian bombing targets in the first eight weeks of U.S. involvement in the War. The B-2 has been used to drop bombs on Afghanistan in support of the ongoing War in Afghanistan. With the support of aerial refueling, the B-2 flew one of its longest missions to date from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to Afghanistan and back.
During the ongoing War in Iraq, B-2s have operated from Diego Garcia and an undisclosed "forward operating location". Other sorties in Iraq have launched from Whiteman AFB. This resulted in missions lasting over 30 hours and one mission of over 50 hours.
The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air to surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. The program has been the subject of espionage and counter-espionage activity and the B-2 has provided prominent public spectacles at air shows since the 1990s.