Re: B21 first flight



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Message posted by Bryan (Member since 10/28/2008) on November 10, 2023 at 15:00:33 PST:

This is an excerpt from an article in Forbes magazine. They interviewed a former B2 pilot and retired Brigadier General. I thought this was really interesting and could give some insight into what benefit an active wing could have.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2023/09/26/what-does-a-former-b-2-pilot-see-in-photos-of-the-b-21-raider/?sh=5cc0463a10e9

Flying the B-2 or B-21 with stealth in mind relies in part on keeping the aircraft profile stable. Piloting the bombers using differential thrust from the twin engines to yaw them to change heading or get around a corner rather than banking into turns as with a conventional aircraft could help maintain a stealth profile, making it harder for radar and other detection systems (including optical) to pick them up.

I think that would be something you certainly could do, Spalding acknowledged without elaborating further. The technique could be of greater value given the B-21s thinner head-on profile.


In Reply to: Re: B21 first flight posted by Altner on November 10, 2023 at 13:38:34 PST:

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