A new video offers a look at the inside of the B-2 Spirit bomber for the first time in the three-decade history of one of America's most secretive aerial weapons.
The U.S. Air Force allowed a civilian journalist to board a B-2 stealth bomber and record the flight from inside the cockpit, capturing exclusive footage of one of the service's most closely-guarded secrets.
William Langewiesche is one of the best writers working today. He did the strongest reporting on what went on at the 9/11 site in New York City after the attacks. He’s also a professional pilot, which brings an extra level of understanding to his reporting on the U.S. Air Force. So when he travels to Whiteman Air Force Base, just outside Knob Noster, Missouri, to write about B-2 Spirit bombers, I pay attention.
As rumors continue to circulate on Chinese social media about the People's Liberation Army Air Force's much-anticipated stealth bomber, the first glimpses of the next-generation aircraft reportedly turned up in a brand new sizzle reelproduced by AVIC Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation. While no sources have confirmed the authenticity of these images, the video also appeared on the official Weibo page of the state-run China Central Television, making the footage something of a veiled reminder that the military's stealth program continues to steam along swiftly behind the scenes.