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PICTURES: Northrop adapts B-2′s flying wing into airliner for NASA study

NASA two years ago challenged three aircraft makers — Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — to design a next-generation airliner. Boeing’s and Lockheed’s designs have been revealed before. Northrop’s concept finally was unveiled last week at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Sciences Meeting in Nashville. It’s the first airliner optimized for radar […]

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B-2 mishap evolves from ‘minor’ to ‘horrific’

From this: B-2 in minor fire at base in Guam Feb 26, 2010, 8:14 AM GUAM– A B-2 bomber engine caught fire this morning at Andersen Air Force Base. According to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, a B-2 aircraft deployed to AAFB, experienced a minor engine fire during a routine engine start […]

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GRAPHIC: What it takes to install EHF on B-2

If anyone is wondering why it costs $372 million for Northrop Grumman to “begin developing” a new satellite communications antenna for the B-2 bomber, this graphic might help explain where all that cash is going. This slide came from a Northrop press briefing in September 2008.

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Warplane-themed motorcycle craze hits Su-35BM

Orange County Choppers last year produced motorcycle versions of the B-2 and F-22. Somebody else  — anybody know who? — has designed a Su-35BM motorcycle. While OCC artistically interpreted the USA’s finest combat aircraft, the motorcycle Su-35BM is rendered as faithfully straightforward as any good Russian design should be.  I’m sure all of you understand […]

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Stealth finally meets its match

A US Marine Corps pilot posits in a very good new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly that the age of stealth domination in airpower is over. Since the 1991 Gulf War, the USAF has launched thousands of stealth bombing sorties against the hardest targets offered by Baghdad, Belgrade and Baghdad again, yet suffered only one […]

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“Stealth bike” unveiling now on YouTube

Thank you, Northrop Grumman.

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VIDEO: Stealth bomber chopper hits the road, airwaves

Northrop Grumman rolled out the Orange County Chopper-designed motorcycle variant of the B-2 in January, but is rolling it out again for TV next week. (No word on whether the stealth bike — lamely named the “Spirit of Innovation” — is invisible on speed radar.) The making of the bike will be aired on the […]

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Just what the world needed: B-2 stealth bike

Northrop Grumman wanted to commemorate the B-2′s 20th anniversary with something special and flashy. So they commissioned the Orange County Choppers to design and produce the “B-2 Stealth Bike”. [Ed: Insert RCS, budget overrun or moistened pitot tube joke here.]I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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B-2′s new radar enters production

The radar modernization program for the B-2 has been delayed more than a year, but has finally transitioned from development to the production phase.Read more about the delay here. The US Air Force emailed me this contract announcement this morning: The Air Force awarded a production contract with the Northrop Grumman Corporation yesterday, December 29, […]

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Introducing the USAF’s airborne networking future

An extraordinary briefing slide from Northrop Grumman’s press conference on the B-2 at AFA last week has perhaps inadvertently tipped me off to the US Air Force’s new airborne networking strategy. [Click on the picture below to see a larger image.] This slide about the B-2′s networking roadmap offers the first detailed glimpse I’ve seen […]

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