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Northrop Grumman marks B-2's 20th anniversary

18 December 2013

Twenty years ago, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber, the Spirit of Missouri, made one circuit of the airfield at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., then landed, marking the start of one of the US´s most powerful defensive and diplomatic weapons.

Developed, produced and sustained by a US Air Force/Northrop Grumman Corp.-led (NYSE: NOC) industry team, the B-2 is the nation´s premier long range strike aircraft. The fleet of 20 bombers is based at Whiteman, near Kansas City, ready to defend the nation´s interests anywhere in the world, anytime day or night.

Northrop Grumman leads all B-2 modernization efforts. It also performs programmed depot maintenance on the fleet at its B-2 program office in Palmdale, Calif. Current modernization efforts will enhance the bomber´s communications, defensive and weapons capabilities.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit for more information.


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