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B-2 Stealth Bomber celebrates first flight

21 July 2014

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Stealth bomber´s first flight, several thousand Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) employees, civic leaders and Air Force personnel stood along the company´s southern fence line in Palmdale to watch a B-2 stealth bomber taxi onto the western end of Runway 7.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Air Force´s B-2 bomber, a key component of the nation´s long range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.

Northrop Grumman conducted its 25th anniversary ceremony on the tarmac near the facilities where every B-2 bomber was built and where every B-2 comes for a periodic wingtip-to-wingtip overhaul known as programmed depot maintenance.

Following takeoff, the B-2 pilots thrilled the audience by circling back over the Plant 42 at low altitude and performing a ceremonial “wing wave” for the crowd.

The B-2 can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons. It is the only aircraft that combines stealth, long range, large payload and precision weapons delivery in a single platform. The B-2´s unique capabilities allow it to penetrate an enemy´s most sophisticated defenses and put at risk its most heavily defended targets.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides 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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