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B-2 SPIRIT BOMBER SEEN AFTER FLYING A MISSION OVER IRAQ

The legendary B-2 stealth bomber made its first flight 30 years ago today — here’s why it’s still one of the world’s most fear...

July 17 marks the 30th anniversary of the first flight of one of America's most important and expensive weapon systems — the B-2 stealth bomber.
Members of Team Ramstein exit from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, at Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport, France, May 30, 2019. The men and women of the U.S. military remain forever indebted to World War II veterans who demonstrated selfless service and sacrifice that characterize the greatest generation in defense of global peace and security.

Step inside the C-130, the super-versatile workhorse that flies Navy SEAL missions, delivers supplies to Antarctica and fights wildfires

18 images of C-130 Super Hercules, a transport built to land in rough terrain, carry tons of troops and supplies, and assist in humanitarian missions.
B-52 bomber carrying new hypersonic weapon prototype

One of America’s oldest bombers just took flight with the Air Force’s newest hypersonic weapon for the first time

The US military is rushing to develop hypersonic weapons to keep up with Russia and China. A B-52 bomber just took flight with one.
A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2017.

The U-2 reconnaissance plane has been snooping all over the world for more than 60 years, but today’s Dragon Lady is nothing like the past

Today's U-2s look like the ones that flew a half-century ago. But for pilots in the cockpit and analysts on the ground, there's a world of difference.
Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the region, conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

US aircraft carrier, bombers and fighters flex their muscles near Iran with simulated strikes

US fighters with the USS Abraham Lincoln's carrier air wing linked up with US Air Force bombers over the weekend for a show of force near Iran.
Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot, performs over Miami Beach, Fla., May 26, 2019.

US Air Force F-35s drew an accidental sky penis with their contrails in a stealth fighter dogfight

Two F-35s went head-to-head against four more stealth fighters in a mock dogfight. They left behind contrails that were, well, phallic.
A U-2 Dragon Lady above the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California, March 23, 2016.

Here’s what it takes to fly the U-2 spy plane, which soars 13 miles above the earth

The selectivity of the U-2 program and the longevity of its pilots mean only about 1,000 pilots have flown the Dragon Lady solo in its 60-year career.
F-22 intercepts Russian Tu-95 bomber

Russia flew bombers off the coast of Alaska twice in 2 days, forcing the US to scramble stealth fighters in response

Russia sent Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers flying past Alaska twice in two days, and in both cases, US F-22s flew out to meet them.
"Wise Guy."

The US Air Force just resurrected a 60-year-old B-52 bomber from its ‘boneyard’ to fight another day

The bomber, nicknamed "Wise Guy," is only the second B-52 to ever be brought back from the "boneyard" for continued service.
A member of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight backs away from a vehicle during improvised explosive device training at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, October 16, 2018.

‘When you mess one up, you die’: What it takes to do one of the US military’s most dangerous jobs

Most troops are focused on using ordnance against the enemy, but a small cadre has the tough job of making sure none gets left around.