Reddit user jokes: ‘Not so stealthy now, are ya?’
An image from Google Earth showed the $2bn (£1.5bn) aircraft above a rural field, presumably that of a Missouri farmer, and west of Kansas City, ミズーリ.
Nor was it far away from the Whiteman Air Force Base, 約 20 miles south of the Google Earth sighting, and where the stealth bombers are based for the US Air Force.
u/Hippowned 前記 in a YouTube video that his finding was “hilarious”, with his channel usually hosting gardening and home content.
He told viewers: “It’s pretty funny, you’ve got a stealth bomber flying over a farmer’s house, into his field, it looks like he’s a crop-duster.”
On Reddit, the post has received more than 110,00 upvotes and in excess of 3,000 comments about the steal bomber.
“These things are eerie in the air," 一人 前記. “If you ever get a chance to see one at an air show, it is practically silent while it circles overhead. Plus I heard there’s a rigorous and costly post-flight inspection.”
“Was standing in line at the bank when a women started screaming ‘aliens’, [いつ] one of these was making a slow silent turn overhead cause of a nearby airshow,」 前記 another user on Reddit. “Hilarious that people don’t know what their own government has in it’s arsenal.”
“More like a photo bomber,」1人のユーザー 冗談を言った, causing another to respond with: “Not so stealthy now, are ya?」
The US Air Force has operated the B2-stealth bomber – which reportedly has a wingspan of 172 feet – since 1993, with its first aircraft named Spirit of Missouri.
“Its low-observable, or ‘stealth,’ characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended, ターゲット,” the force says on its website.
“Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provides a strong, effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century.”
A new generation of stealth bombers are in production, the US Air Force has said, and is expected to begin testing next year, による AeroMag.