CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- Apr 21, 2009
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Amazing. It also goes to show how badly the USAF needs the Government to up its game regarding their tanker capability.bobbymike said:http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2017/July%202017/The-B-2-Body-Blow.aspx
bobbymike said:Sorry to be politically incorrect but during the video I imagined the camera swinging around to a room filled with middle aged Chinese men all vigorously taking notes, "Yes we're Peninsula Seniors"
Empty bays just outboard of the MLG bays were intended for a system that ended up never being used. They were used for flight test support equipment during the flight testing of the first two B-2s (I worked on some of that) but are empty, as far as I know, on all operational aircraft. I could see elements of a laser system being mounted there on pallets to simplify installation and replacement.flateric said:In mid 00s potential of self-defense laser was studied by NG, including using laser-equipped bombers in wargames during fall of 2006.
Hardware should have been installed in empty bays outside MLG wells and volumes that were reserved for rear fuel tanks but never used on certain reasons, with a turret behind MLG door.
It was pretty much powerpoint project.
And of course, every B-2 HAS operational low-power laser onboard above GLAS beaver tail under rotating cover intended for contrails detection.
Porn.elmayerle said:Those spaces were originally intended for carrying something totally different than that article describes. I'm just not certain I'm at liberty to say what.
David Fulghum was my neighbor back then. I gave him the tip to ask about the contrail detection system after a B-2 crew chief said something oblique (sort of a wink-wink-nudge-nudge thing) to me at JSOH.flateric said:Original LIB-28 purpose was revealed somewhat 20 years ago in AWST
Frankly I'm shocked! So what your saying is that the quotes in that article from an anonymous "defense official" re. Contrail suppression are inaccurate?elmayerle said:Those spaces were originally intended for carrying something totally different than that article describes. I'm just not certain I'm at liberty to say what. That system did not get installed because an easier and less expensive way to accomplish the intended effect.
"A further object of the invention is to prevent the formation of a jet engine contrail by introducing a uncleating substance into the aircraft exhaust stream thereby producing smaller, less visible particles rather than the larger visible particles which would ordinarily be produced as a product of combustion of the jet fuel".LowObservable said:I could tell you about it, but then I'd have to dunk you head first in a bucket of chlorosulfonic acid.
That's not quite correct - 'Target Stealth' - First Edition (January 1, 1989) - a month after official B-2 rollout (November 22, 1988).Graham1973 said:Just reading through a novel published the year after the B-2 rollout, the cover makes for an interesting comparison to the 1988 publicity material.