Sentinel of the sky: This is the incredible moment a U.S. stealth bomber is refuelled over the Cornish coastline.


2명이 탑승하는 B-2 스텔스 폭격기는 중간 공중 급유를 받는 경우

44시간을 체공할 수 있으며 한번 급유(75ton)로 6000마일(9,600km) 비행한다.


미국 밖에서는 드물게 영국의 콘월 해안 상공을 비행하고 있다.(사진)

대당 가격은 7억7천만불이다.


[B-2 스피릿(Spirit)]

B-2 스피릿(B-2 Spirit)은 미국의 다목적 스텔스 폭격기이다. 스피릿은 1997년부터 운용하기 시작했으며 현재 20기가 운용중이다.

대당 가격이 세계에서 가장 비싼 비행기이기도 하며, 현재는 생산이 중단되었다.

B-2 는 뛰어난 스텔스 성능으로 적의 방공망을 침투할 수 있도록 설계되었으며, 재래식 무기와 핵무기 모두 운용이 가능하다. 적의 전략적 목표를 타격하는 데 뛰어난 성능을 발휘하며, 긴 항속거리와 대량의 폭장량을 가지면서도 스텔스 성능을 유지할 수 있는 유일한 폭격기이다.



Stunning image of stealth bomber being refuelled mid-air is captured thousands of feet over coast of Cornwall

The state-of-the-art aircraft is rarely deployed outside of the U.S.

The B-2 can spend 44 hours in the sky thanks to mid-air refuelling
Still was taken by one of the crew and released by USAF


By Sam Webb

The high-tech aircraft, which has a wingspan of 52-metres and can fly for as long as 44 hours, was photographed above Cornwall's picturesque northern coastline.

It was performing a mid-air refuelling with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall.

The image was captured on June 11 by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths and now released by the U.S. Air Force.

The U.S. military said the B-2 was 'participating in familiarisation training operations' in the UK.

Admiral Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, said: 'This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and improve interoperability with our allies and partners.


'The training and integration of strategic forces demonstrates to our nation's leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and expertise to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations.'

The billion-dollar bomber

The billion-dollar bomber, which has a crew of two, has an unrefuelled range of approximately 6,000 nautical miles and can hold 75-tonnes of fuel. File picture(콘월 위를 날으는 B-2폭격기)

The B-2-bomber photographed above Cornwall is assigned to 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
Launched in 1997, the stealth bomber is one of the most recognisable aircraft ever launched and carries conventional and nuclear weapons.

According to the US military, the B-2's 'stealth characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defences and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended, targets'.




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