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Aircraft maintainers assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, MO., perform pre-flight checks on a B-2 Spirit bomber from the 393rd Bomb Squadron prior to a Red Flag 17-3 training sortie July 20, 2017 at Nellis AFB, Nev. Red Flag exercises commonly task aircraft to fly multiple sorties per day, which requires maintenance to be performed throughout the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum) 

High Spirits: B-2 maintainers fuel global reach
Its 172-foot wingspan is interrupted only by the placement of four engines, each capable of providing 17,300 pounds of thrust to get a two man crew from point A to B. On a regular day, A is Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; B could be on the other side of the globe.   It travels at high subsonic speeds often at elevations approaching 50,000 feet.
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Two B-2 Sprit stealth bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, taxi down the runway as they prepare to takeoff during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Two B-2s departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri for a transatlantic flight to Libya on Jan. 18 in what would become the B-2’s first combat mission since Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum) USAFWS weapons officers employ total force training during Libya B-2 strike
Two B-2 Spirit bombers departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri for a transatlantic flight to Libya on Jan. 18 in what would become the B-2’s first combat mission since Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011.
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