The aircraft known in popular culture as the stealth bomber was built with nearly a decade of work, billions of dollars, and total secrecy from the U.S. government. Even the contractors who worked on it didn’t always know what it was. So how did a Japanese carmaker reveal it before the Air Force? By now, that famous triangular black wedge is so famous that any little kid could identify it on sight. But it wasn’t always that way. The project that created the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit was so deeply hidden in the shadows that for years the government denied it was even in development. Even today, we rarely tell anyone where we have them deployed for fear of scaring the piss out of other countries. Planning for the project began in the late 1970s when the U.S. needed a replacement for its aging B-52. Defense officials had high expectations for the plane — it would need to fly a payload of nuclear bombs to the Soviet Union in just a few hours while remaining nearly invisible to radar. Development was officially underway in 1981. The Advanced Technology Bomber program was one of the largest and most secretive military endeavors… Read full this story
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