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Northrop Grumman

B-2 Spirit

BOMBER


Type:
Turbofan airplane

Origin:
Country FlagUnited States
Manufacturer:
1987–2000

Updated February 24, 2024
Aircraft picture
B-2, 1989 - USAF, Public Domain

General characteristics (17)

  • Role
    Bomber
  • Wing
    Fixed wing
  • Crew
    2: pilot and mission commander
  • Engine count
    4
  • Body
    Narrow
  • Landing gear
    Tricycle retractable
  • Tail
    No tail plane
  • Wing position
    Delta wing
  • Engine position
    In wing mounted
  • WTC
    H
  • APC
    C
  • ICAO type designator
    B2
  • Type code
    L4J
  • ADG
    V
  • TDG
    5
  • SRS
    III
  • LAHSO
    N/A

Structural data (10)

  • Length
    69 ft 0 in (21.0 m)
  • Height
    17 ft 0 in (5.18 m)
  • Wingspan
    172 ft 0 in (52.4 m)
  • Wing area
    5,140 sq ft (478 m2)
  • Wing loading
    67.3 lb/sq ft (329 kg/m2)
  • Parking area
    1,251.2 m2 (13,468.0 ft2)
  • Main gear config
    2D
  • Cockpit to main gear
    13.2 m (43.2 ft)
  • Main gear width
    14.4 m (47.4 ft)
  • Wheelbase
    13.2 m (43.2 ft)

Performance (7)

  • Range
    6,900 mi (11,000 km, 6,000 nmi)
  • Fuel capacity
    167,000 pounds (75,750 kg)
  • Thrust/weight ratio
    0.205
  • Service ceiling
    50,000 ft (15,200 m)
  • Engine
    General Electric F118-GE-100
  • Thrust
    17,300 lbf (77 kN) each
  • Radar cross-section
    Approx. 0.1 m2 (1.1 sq ft)

Speeds (3)

  • Maximum (normal)
    630 mph (1,010 km/h, 550 kn) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m) altitude
  • Cruise (normal)
    560 mph (900 km/h, 487 kn) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m) altitude
  • FAA approach
    140 kt (259 km/h)

Indicative Flight Profile data (23)
Source:SKYbrary logoSKYbrary [1]

  • Takeoff
    V2: -
    Distance: -
    Weight: 170600 kg
  • Initial climb (to 5000 ft)
    IAS: -
    ROC: -
  • Initial climb (to 15,000 ft)
    IAS: -
    ROC: -
  • Initial climb (to 24,000 ft)
    IAS: -
    ROC: -
  • Mach climb
    Mach: -
    ROC: -
  • Cruise
    TAS: 487 kts
    Mach: 0,85
    Ceiling: FL500
    Range: 6000 NM
  • Initial descent (to 24,000 ft)
    IAS: -
    ROD: -
  • Descent (to 10,000 ft)
    IAS: -
    ROD: -
  • Descent (below 10,000 ft)
    IAS: -
    MCS: -
    ROD: -
  • Approach
    VAPP (IAS): -
    Distance: -

Weights (4)

    • MTOW
      376,000 lb (170,600 kg)
    • Gross
      336,500 lb (152,200 kg)
    • Empty
      158,000 lb (71,700 kg)
    • FAA weight class
      Heavy

Armament (11)

  • Hardpoints
    2 x internal ordnance bays
    40,000 lb (18,000 kg) official capacity
    50,000 lb (23,000 kg) estimated capacity
  • Bombs
    80 x 500 lb (230 kg) class bombs on Bomb Rack Assembly
    Country FlagMark 82
    Country FlagGBU-38 JDAM

    36 x 750 lb (340 kg) CBU class bombs on Bomb Rack Assembly
    Country FlagCBU-89/B Gator mine
    Country FlagCBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon

    16 x 2,000 lb (910 kg) class bombs on Rotary Launcher Assembly
    Country FlagMark 84 general-purpose bomb
    Country FlagGBU-31 JDAM

    16 x nuclear bombs on Rotary Launcher Assembly
    Country FlagB61 nuclear bomb
    Country FlagB83 nuclear bomb

    Standoff weapons
    Country FlagAGM-154 JSOW
    Country FlagAGM-158 JASSM

    2 x Massive Ordnance Penetrator
    Country FlagGBU-57

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