The US Air Force announced its readiness to resume flights of nuclear bombers B-2 Spirit. The first strategic aircraft will take to the skies next week.
What is known
The suspension of flights has been officially lifted. This was stated by Major General Andrew J. Gebara (Andrew J. Gebara). The return of the B-2 Spirit to the sky was approved by the head of the Global Strike Command, General Thomas A. Bussiere.
B-2 flights were suspended in December 2022, when one plane made an emergency landing at Whiteman Base and caught fire. Until now, US Air Force officials have not disclosed the details of the incident and how they managed to solve the problem. It also does not say what will happen to this bomber.
The most experienced pilots will be the first to return to the sky. B-2 Spirit bombers will continue to carry out full operational missions. The first flight after the pause will be made at the beginning of next week, on May 22.
Northrop Grumman produced only 21 B-2s. One of them crashed in an accident in 2008. This is the most expensive plane crash in aviation history. The cost of one aircraft, taking into account development costs and inflation, is more than $2 billion.
Of the 20 remaining bombers, 19 are at Whiteman Base, but one of them is usually stationed at Edwards Base and used for testing. Another one is located in Hawaii. He carried out a mission in the region and landed on the island, after which it was decided to stop flying.
Source: Air & Space Forces