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 www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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