Three American Stealth bombers, each costing $ 2.1 billion and $ 135,000 per hour to operate, are depicted on a European training mission over the Dover sky.
The Spirit Spirit bombers of the United States Air Force B2, designed to be virtually undetectable for radar and transporting 20 tons of nuclear or conventional bombs, were filmed and arrived on Tuesday evening under cover of darkness in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.
They are in Europe to participate in & # 39; long-planned & # 39; NATO training missions with their European allies, according to a spokesperson for the Royal Air Force.
Incredible photos show two of the bombers flying alongside two Royal Air Force F-35B lightning rays from RAF Marham, near the White Cliffs of Dover and above a wind farm while performing an integrated flying exercise.
This is the first time that American bombers have trained with non-American F-35 & # 39; s.
Three American Stealth bombers are shown participating in an integrated flight exercise with two Royal Air Force F-35 lightning beams in the air from Dover (photo: one B2 spirit bomber and two RAF F-35 & # 39; s flying over the English channel near Dover)
The B2-spirit bombers, each costing $ 1.2 billion and estimated at $ 135,000 per hour, are designed to be virtually invisible to radar and to evade air defense systems. (Pictured: two B2 Spirit bombers and two RAF F-35 lightning beams are taking part in a training flight today above the white cliffs of Dover)
The bombers landed Tuesday evening in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire. The base is used by the bombers because it has a longer runway than other air force bases and climate-controlled B2 aircraft hangars. (Pictured: a B2 Spirit bomber flies through the sky over the UK)
The planes arrived in the UK with the nicknames DEATH 1, DEATH 2 and DEATH 3. The photos show the planes on the specially designed long runway shortly after arrival.
With a wingspan of 172 feet and a design that allows them to travel 10,000 miles with only one mid-air refueling, so that they can bypass Soviet air defense systems, they are one of the most deadly fighter planes in the sky.
After the planes did not arrive at RIAT this year, aviation fans wondered when they would come to the UK next time, after a visit last year and a message at RAF Fairford the year before.
The base is one of the few places where the distinctive weapons, which have smooth flat wings with sharp corner edges to deflect the radar, can land because it has a long runway and purpose-built climate-controlled B2 hangers.
They arrived in the UK on Tuesday evening at 1 AM.
An airport spokesperson said: & # 39; The US Air Force deployed several aircraft and support personnel at RAF Fairford in August and September 2019. & # 39;
& # 39; Although deployed in the UK, the aircraft will perform a series of training activities in Europe, these activities have long been planned. & # 39;
They are capable of carrying nuclear bombs and conventional explosives and are designed to deliver a useful cargo to the Soviet Union because they can dodge their air defense system because of their ability to fly 10,000 miles and only need to fly once to refuel (photo): A B2 Spirit bomber flies above the Dover coastline)
The US initially ordered 132 of the mighty 172-foot wingpan fighter aircraft (one of which is shown here flying over the wind farms near Dover) before cutting the order to just 20 after the collapse of the Soviet Union
A B2 Spirit fighter flying above the white cliffs of Dover with two RAF F-35 lightning beams. It landed in the UK on Tuesday evening at 1 AM with two others
Shown here are two B2 bombers flying with two F-35 RAF lightning beams above the white cliffs of Dover. A RAF spokesperson confirmed that they had come to the UK to participate in NATO training exercises
The planes were previously used for fighting in Kosovo, where they bombed Serbian troops when NATO opposed ethnic cleansing in the region, to eliminate Taliban targets in Afghanistan and more recently to hit ISIS positions in Syria. (Pictured: two Stealth bombers with two F-35 lightning beams flying along the Dover coastline
They are part of an American fleet of 20 Stealth Bombers, the most technologically advanced aircraft the country has ever made, based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
Designed for the first time under the Carter administration, 132 were originally ordered by the United States. However, this was quickly scaled back after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Since then, the Stealth bombers have been used in the Kosovo battle, where they bombed Serbian forces when NATO opposed ethnic cleansing in the region, to eliminate Taliban targets in Afghanistan and more recently to hit ISIS positions in Syria.
The distinctive surfaces, which have a smooth surface and sharp edges to ward off the radar, were depicted on arrival at RAF Fairfold, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday evening
They came to the base because it has a specially designed longer runway and two climate-controlled B2 aircraft hangars
B-2 SPIRIT: THE MOST EXPENSIVE AIRCRAFT EVER, BUILT TO LOWER ARMAGEDDON ON THE SOVIETS
The B-2 Spirit is the deadliest and most expensive aircraft of the US Air Force – an invention of a Cold Warrior that has since been used to bomb the Taliban and ISIS.
Each of the 20 operational B-2 & # 39; s is valued at $ 2.1 billion and airing costs an estimated $ 135,000 per hour and cannot function in the rain.
On board, his two-person crew can stay in the air for 33 hours, under the control of an aircraft designed to sneak into the Soviet territory unseen to drop nuclear bombs and then return to the US in one flight.
The B-2 & # 39; s were first designed under the Carter administration, were about to expire and eventually fled for the first time in 1989, just when the Soviet Union they were supposed to fight collapsed and in 1997 with the Air Force entered service.
They were used to fight in Kosovo, where they bombed Serbian troops when NATO moved in to combat ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Albanian minority, and in the war on terrorism, Taliban targets in Afghanistan and most recently ISIS eliminate positions in Syria.
All are currently based at the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, meaning that the person designated to fly across the Mall is flying 1,042 miles to D.C. for the spectacle.
If it flies low enough, it is visible from the ground, but it is almost invisible on radar, with its stealth design that makes it look like a dove on radar screens.
Top speed: 628 mph
Range: 6,000 nautical miles and refueling approximately every six hours
Weight: 158,100 pounds
Weapons: B61 and B83 nuclear bombs, MK84 conventional bomb, MK82 and CBU-87 conventional weapons and AGM-129 advanced cruise missile
How many: 20 operational
Cost: $ 135,000 per hour to work, making it about twice as expensive to work as the B-52 or B-1
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