***Information used in this article courtesy of Mr. John Wyzard, and came from a seminar held at a Lion’s Club Meeting in 1991 about the possibilities of the B-2 bomber project.***
The B-2 was an innovative aircraft, especially for its time. Flying wing designs had been tried before, but in most cases the projects were abandoned after a while for different reasons. Why did the Air Force want a tailless aircraft? Since the B-2 needed no tail assembly the aircraft could be a relatively flat surface, which in turn would hinder it from being picked up by radar. Radar works by bouncing off of large metallic objects, such as an aircraft tail assembly, and thanks to the B-2’s sleek design it was capable of penetrating enemy airspaces.
The B-2 was capable of in-air refueling and could deliver a payload of 40,000 pounds and had an operational range of about 6,000 nautical miles. It was capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear arms in the event of hostilities (this was right before the downfall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War) The B-2’s research and development came right before the end of the Cold War, and the tension between Russia and the United States was still high. Included in this article is an paper written by Charles Krauthammer on July 21, 1989 in which he analyses the situation at that time in America as well as how the B-2 project would effect the economics in our government. I hope that you will check it out, even being over 27 years old the economics and political tensions between the two nations are quite interesting to learn about.
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