The B-2 Stealth Bomber has a cockpit virtually identical to Darth Vader’s helmet

Were the designers big fans of Star Wars?
  • The B-2 is just one big wing, just like a boomerang
  • It features a full-wing design unlike any other conventional plane
  • The futuristic cockpit and all-black design remind us of Darth Vader’s helmet

Published on May 15, 2024 at 1:23PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 16, 2024 at 11:11AM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

The B-2 Stealth Bomber has one of the most unique designs among all aircraft in the world.

Most aircraft consist of a fuselage, two wings, and three rear stabilizers.

However, the B-2 is just one big wing, a bit like a boomerang, when you think about it.

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

However, you might also notice a similarity to a classic film character.

The aircraft’s all-black aesthetic and futuristic design is very similar to Darth Vader’s costume.

Even the futuristic cockpit shape of the B-2 Spirit aircraft reminds us of Vader’s helmet.

While there’s no confirmation, it is very possible that the B-2 designers were fans of Star Wars.

After all, Star Wars is one of the biggest film franchises ever made and would have been popular around the time of the B-2’s development.

It should be noted that Northrop Grumman had to design the entire plane from scratch to deflect radio beams.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber’s flying wing design was much more efficient than a conventional plane.

This design helps the aircraft generate more lift and reduce drag (air resistance) on the plane.

Improved efficiency and aerial refueling helps the B-2 Stealth Bomber operate for a very long time.

Speaking of operating time, the B-2 Stealth Bomber still holds the record for the longest air combat mission in history.

The mission dates back to 2001 when the Spirit of America and five other B-2s entered Afghan airspace.

They operated for a record-setting total of more than 70 consecutive hours. 

With this kind of range, it can get anywhere on Earth on short notice and pour bombs on its target much like the Death Star in Star Wars.

If you look at the top of the plane, you can notice thin white lines that make the aircraft look even more futuristic.

In reality, they are mostly refueling ports and removable access panels for servicing and maintenance.

They also indicate areas where maintenance workers can actually walk on the surface of the craft. 

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