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14 September 2001 through 15 August 2006

All photos and information from unclassified sources.

B-2 "Spirit" Operations

B-2 Landing Diego Garcia

From the Air Force Times:  B-2 "Spirits" from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, flew three days of missions early in ENDURING FREEDOM.  The bombing mission was a 40-44 hour mission, bombing en route to a recovery at Diego Garcia.  The inbound crew (of just 2 pilots!) would deplane, and a waiting crew would fly the aircraft directly home to Whiteman.  A 30 hour flight.  The engines would run in excess of 80 hours continuously on these missions.The 509th Bomb Wing has the distinction of being the onlyBomb Wing in any Air Force to drop nuclear weapons on the enemy.

More B-2 photos, courtesy various DoD websites:

B-52 and B-2 on Diego

B-2s "Spirit of Pennsylvania", "Spirit of Georgia", and "Spirit of Mississippi"
taxi out on March 17, 2003 for the "Shock and Awe" attack on Baghdad

B-2 "Spirit of Pennsylvania" on the runway; "Spirit of Georgia" is No. 1 for take-off.  Diego Garcia, March 17, 2003.

B-2 "Spirit of Mississippi" is No. 2 for take-off, March 17, 2003.


Please note that according to the Air Force Times, bomber operations from Diego Garcia ended August 15, 2006.  Operations began with the arrival of the 40th AEW on September 14, 2001, and lasted 4 years and 11 months, which was 1 year and 2 months longer that the US was engaged in WWII.

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