The U.S. is the world’s largest aerospace producer and Missouri has a rich history in aerospace, from Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation. That cutting edge innovation continues with more than 100 companies across Missouri, including Boeing, leading the way in every aspect of military aviation and equipment.
And today, Missouri is also home to the B-2 Stealth Bombers and the talent that sustains, supports and flies these amazing aircraft into harms way. The U.S. Air Force’s B-2s of the 509th Bomb Wing are stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Sedalia, Missouri.
“It takes a symphony of people,” said Major General Scott Vander Hamm, assistant deputy chief of staff of operations at the Air Force headquarters and a former B-2 pilot.
Recently, the Missouri-based B-2s, and their skilled support teams, took part in a 36-hour mission to strike at the heart of America’s enemies. Read all about what went into preparing for and executing the mission in Popular Mechanics.
As one of the pilots interviewed said, “Every B-2 pilot on the base wanted to go on this mission. Myself included.”
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