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B-2 Spirit : the most capable war machine on the planet
Pace, Steve.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

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xvi, 119 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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This Unflinching Encounter with the Most Feared Bomber in the World takes you into the hangar, onto the runway, and into the sky with a plane like no other. In so doing, Steve Pace's B-2 Spirit: The Most Capable War Machine on the Planet lays bare the hidden story of the development and testing of this jaw-dropping bombing machine in the most exhaustive account ever available to a nonmilitary audience.

Author Notes

Steve Pace is a veteran aviation journalist and author who has written 17 books on a wide range of military aircraft and related topics. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
1. The Spirit of Jack Northropp. 1
Jack Northrop: King of the Flying Wingp. 2
Wings, Wings, and More Wingsp. 2
Another Flying Wing: The A-12 Avenger IIp. 12
The Flying Wing Returnsp. 13
2. Developmental Highlightsp. 15
Basic Formula for Stealthp. 16
Have Blue, Tacit Blue, and Senior Trendp. 17
Have Blue/Tacit Bluep. 18
Enter Senior Trend--the F-117A Stealth Fighterp. 19
Stealthy Fighters to Stealthy Bombersp. 20
Origins of the Advanced Technology Bomberp. 22
3. Senior Ice versus Senior Pegp. 23
Aurorap. 23
Designing and Engineering the ATBp. 26
Genesis of Stealth Aircraft Technologyp. 26
Two Novel Approaches to Stealthp. 27
4. Ready or Not: Here Comes the Advanced Technology Bomberp. 29
Roll-outp. 30
First Flightp. 31
5. Flight Testing and Systems Evaluationsp. 37
B-2 Flight Validation Program Highlightsp. 39
B-2 Program Awardsp. 44
B-2 Manufacturing Breakthroughsp. 45
The B-2 Nationwide Industrial Teamp. 46
6. Structures and Systemsp. 47
Manufacturing Processesp. 47
General Electric F118-GE-100 Turbofan Enginep. 51
Flight Control Systemp. 53
Flying Surfacesp. 53
Crew Accommodationp. 53
The B-2 Weapon Systemp. 54
Weaponsp. 55
Avionics Systemp. 58
Landing Gearp. 58
7. Bedding Down the B-2 Fleetp. 63
Whiteman Air Force Basep. 64
509th Bomb Wing and Bomb Squadronsp. 66
The B-2 in Servicep. 75
8. The B-2 in Combatp. 77
Dateline: June 11, 1999. The Day the Bombing Stoppedp. 79
9. The B-2 of 2002p. 81
B-2 Myths and Realitiesp. 82
Beyond the B-2p. 86
Appendix A B-2 Specificationsp. 89
Appendix B B-2 Productionp. 91
Appendix C B-2 Aircraft Namesp. 93
Appendix D Block 10/20/30 B-2 Delivery Datesp. 95
Appendix E Block 30 B-2 Delivery Datesp. 97
Appendix F B-2 Chronologyp. 99
Glossaryp. 113
Bibliographyp. 115
Indexp. 117