Actually, no. The protrusion in question is just outboard of the starboard engine bays in some pictures.RP1 said:>protrusion on the upper starboard side of AV1<
The frame-type thing near the tail? It looks like a towed RCS target - the cable is visible. Not that'd you'd be able to tell us if this is what you are referring to, I suppose.
Well, you learn something new every day, thanks.Stuff was to provide static air pressure data dor speed, altitude and other misc. calibration requirements to compare data from them and B-2 own flush airdata sensors.
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Nope; if nothing else, it's in the wrong location for that. 'Sides, those were to be tightly sealing quick disconnects but that system was never installed.Sentinel Chicken said:So it's NOT the filler cap for the tank where the chemtrail liquid is stored?
Back in those days many at Northrop were still kind of independent thinking and innovative (two qualities not necessarily endearing to those inside the Beltway mavericks. There are stories that Northrop kind of tweaked USAF here a bit. If you look at the star (which reportedly had been laid out quite some time prior to the official rollout when the configuration of the B-2 was supposed to be revealed), you'll see what I mean.flateric said:Kind of nostalgy, Paul. You must understand that aerospace buffs here had much less either zero access to western press in soviet times. I was 14 y.o. then, and all published in our press was murky b/w photos with next bunch of phrases of 'imperialists forces', 'Pentagon hawks' etc. Even John Patierno death of cancer was somehow badly connected to B-2 to make whole picture more dramatic. Of course, Thomas W.Jones games with Pentagon budget and $2500-a-piece hammers were described as well...
On the other hand, not completely legal and a sad example of why General Aviation has a tendency to shoot itself in the foot, as the B-2 was about to take the runway for its first flight, a light aircraft, looking for a completely different airfield landed on the runway in front of it. Needless to say, the occupants found themselves quickly "greeted" by many stern-faced fellows carrying large personal weapons.Matej said:In any case, the work went forward, and the first "B-2" prototype, "Air Vehicle One (AV-1)", was rolled out at the Northrop plant in Palmdale, California, on 22 November 1988. The rollout was public, but observers were restricted to stands that kept them well away from the aircraft and limited their view of it to the front. Although the F-117 had been kept secret for years after its first flight, its test flights had been restricted to night, and that wasn't regarded as acceptable for the B-2. Since it would have been quickly spotted during daylight flights there was no sense it keeping it a complete secret, and nobody tried.
However, the security restrictions at the rollout weren't completely "airtight", in a highly literal sense of the word. Michael A. Dornheim, a reporter from AVIATION WEEK magazine, flew a light aircraft over the B-2 and had a photographer take pictures, obtaining one of the magazine's biggest scoops of all time, and justifying its nickname of AVIATION LEAK. It was all perfectly legal.
Actually, B-2 distinctive shape was revealed well prior November roll-out, on April 20, 1988 - when USAF released ATB artist's impression.F-14D said:If you look at the star (which reportedly had been laid out quite some time prior to the official rollout when the configuration of the B-2 was supposed to be revealed), you'll see what I mean.
If I remember correctly (which is not a given), the general shape was revealed in doctored front quarter drawings , but the star shows the exact planform, especially the heretofore unknown trailing edge.flateric said:Actually, B-2 distinctive shape was revealed well prior November roll-out, on April 20, 1988 - when USAF released ATB artist's impression.F-14D said:If you look at the star (which reportedly had been laid out quite some time prior to the official rollout when the configuration of the B-2 was supposed to be revealed), you'll see what I mean.
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Spectrum-Sequueze-to-KO-B-2-Bombers-Radar-05348/DTI’s Bill Sweetman reports that during a 2008 bandwidth auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali. Installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will reportedly cost “well over $1 billion.”
http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,187202,00.htmlThe B-2 radar is only one capability that has been lost since the information revolution kicked into high gear. The Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, the first attempt to create a network-centric environment (and currently the only way to get AWACS targeting data to an F-22) has "limited supportability outside the continental U.S.," according to a U.S. military presentation, because it was developed in an occupied band.