Happy Birthday Phantom II

50 Years of Phantom II

The legendary fighter called the McDonell Douglas F-4 Phantom II celebrated its 50th anniversary of active service in March 2008!

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Picture of F-4 Phantom II above came from http://www.geocities.com

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B-2 Spirit crash

Sadly, a USAF (United States Air Force) Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has crashed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, a Pacific island.

Guam is a US territory, 3,700 miles south-west of Hawaii. Its capital is Hagatna.

The B-2 came down shortly after take-off. Both pilots ejected safely. After the crash the wreckage could be seen giving out thick black smoke. This is the first time a B-2 has crashed.

The following up to *** is from http://news.bbc.co.uk :

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Smith from the USAF told the BBC that the crash would be investigated.

“The two pilots… ejected prior to the crash. One of them was medically evaluated and released and the other is in a stable condition at a naval hospital,” he said.

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For more information, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7260231.stm

Information on the B-2 Spirit:

The B-2 Spirit is a large bomber, capable of holding 152 635 kg of weight. It can deliver nuclear weapons as well as conventional weapons. Its wing span is 52.12 metres.

The B-2 is an extremely effective bomber. It can fly to any point on earth in a short time and remain undetected. Enemies do not even know that the B-2 is there and if they do, they can only use some types of weapons against it (they cannot use radar guided weapons), making it very hard to shoot down, which is why one has never been shot down. The B-2 can do this because of stealth technology. It is built of material which absorbs radar signals, instead of reflecting them back to the enemy radar, like most planes do, making them easily detectable. Any remaining radar signals are deflected away because of the B-2’s very strange shape. Weapons are carried inside the plane, as weapons are a shape that reflects radar signals very well. Stealth enables the B-2 to fly wherever it wants which is what makes the it such a great bomber. It looks cool aswell. It looks like one wing flying on its own. It is definitely one of my favourite planes and it is sad that one has been lost.

Picture of B-2 Spirit below comes from http://www.don-lindsay-archive.org

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