Google Earth caught a $2 billion stealth bomber on candid camera



Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber silhouetted next to a full moon
The B-2 Spirit was the first stealth bomber of its kind when the Air Force first ordered it from Northrop Grumman. It’s now among the most expensive aircraft in the US military’s arsenal. Northrop Grumman

This story originally featured on Task & Purpose.

The 172-foot-wide B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which costs nearly $2 billion in today’s dollars, can sneak past enemy air defenses with the same radar signature as a small bird, but you can also spot it on Google Earth as long as you have an internet connection.

“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,” said the host of My Garden Channel, a YouTube channel that’s usually dedicated to gardening and plant care. But on Monday, the channel posted a video showing how viewers can use Google Earth to spot the stealth bomber for themselves.

A screenshot of the bomber flying over a field in Missouri took off on Reddit, where it received more than 109,000 upvotes and caught the attention of airmen on the unofficial Air Force subreddit.

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