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US Air Force displays formation of 8 B-2 Spirit Bombers in impressive ‘elephant walk’

Majestic, but deadly
  • An ‘elephant walk’ maneuver showcases that a base is ready to deploy multiple aircraft
  • The US Air Force has only 20 20 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers in its entire arsenal
  • It’s approximately $16 Billion in stealth bombers on a single runway

Published on Apr 14, 2024 at 11:04AM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 2:57PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja

In a stunning display of power, eight B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers of the US Air Force (USAF) executed an ‘elephant walk’ maneuver.

An ‘elephant walk’ maneuver showcases that a base and its constituent units are ready and can quickly launch a large number of aircraft in a crisis. 

The maneuver was performed at the Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, during the Spirit Vigilance 2022 training exercise. 

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The US Air Force currently only has 20 B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers in its entire arsenal.

This means the eight aircraft that took part in the exercise, account for 40% of the Spirit Stealth Bomber fleet in service.

That’s approximately $16 Billion in Stealth Bombers consigned to a single location. 

That’s quite impressive, right?

Ultimately, the exercise aimed to showcase the base’s capability to deploy multiple B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.

The Whiteman Air Force Base also posted a short video of all eight aircraft performing an ‘elephant walk’ maneuver.

The video also shows the B-2 Spirit stealth bombers taking off and landing on the base.

Obviously, seeing multiple advanced military aircraft all in one place is quite a sight.

Although, let’s not forget that the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is a powerful leg of the US nuclear triad.

Interestingly, the aircraft can also refuel in the air, extending its range infinitely.

However, the US military has also unveiled its successor, the B-21 Raider, worth $700 million.

The new bomber will gradually replace the aging B1-Lancer and B-2 Spirit stealth bombers that are currently in service.

But it will take years to induct the B-21 Raider officially into the US Air Force fleet.

Till then, the military will rely on the good old B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers.

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