Photo Of The Day – Today we take a look at various airplanes. And yes, there are some firearms in here but less than usual.
The big “boomerang” above is a B2 bomber. The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit has a crew of 2, a length of 69 ft (21.0 m) and a wingspan of 172 ft 0 in (52.4 m). It is armed to the teeth, but has no firearms.
Members of Team Whiteman participate in Operation Spirit, a mock deployment for children on April 27, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Throughout the day, children and their parents went through pre-deployment in-processing and briefings, visited aircraft and air traffic control and participated in various activities.
Here you can see the B2 bomber together with the A-10 Thunderbolt, which uses the GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm rotary cannon.
All pictures above are taken by U.S. Air Force, by Airman Parker J. McCauley.
As it would be interesting to see a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress as well, I searched and found a few more images for comparison.
The B52 has a length of 159 ft 4 in (48.5 m) and a wingspan of 185 ft 0 in (56.4 m), the latter similar to the B2!
A B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft assigned to the 340th Weapons Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off during a U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Nov. 21, 2019. The B-52H is a long-range, heavy bomber capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)
The B-1 Lancer has a length of 146 ft (45 m).
A B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft assigned to the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off during a U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Nov. 21, 2019. The B-1B carries the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory.
Two B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft assigned to the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 66th Weapons Squadron flies over the flightline
Photos: U.S. Air Force – Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young.
Check out Doug E’s article: Will The B-1 Bomber Become The Next Gunship For Close Air Support?