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B-2 bombers demonstrate U.S. resolve in the Pacific

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on November 23, 2007

SHOW OF STRENGTH: Training missions in Alaska and Hawaii aim to deter North Korean aggression.

By AUDREY McAVOY
The Associated Press

Published: November 22, 2007
Last Modified: November 22, 2007 at 04:43 AM

HONOLULU — More than 18,000 feet above the mountains on Hawaii’s biggest island, two B-2 stealth bombers — which have been flying test runs here and in Alaska for years — drop six 2,000-pound inert bombs on a training range below.

It’s a scene being repeated monthly, as the Air Force’s sleek, boomerang-shaped planes regularly use Hawaii for target practice. The aim is to make sure pilots are trained and ready to act if needed. The Missouri-based bombers have been assigned to Guam to deter North Korea and fill gaps in the regional U.S. military presence created by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There are very few potential adversaries in the world that don’t understand and respect what this bomber capability can bring,” said Col. Timothy Saffold, deputy commander of the 613th Air and Space Operations Center in Hawaii.

At a cost of about $1.2 billion each, the B-2 bomber is designed so that it doesn’t show up on radar, giving it a unique ability to penetrate an enemey’s defenses and go after heavily defended targets. The plane was first shown to the public in 1988 and became available for military operations in 1997.

Im proud to say I live in the Home of the B2 Spirit..

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