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||Osprey Combat Aircraft
64, B-2A Spirit Units in Combat, by Thomas Withington, Osprey Publishing
||Soft cover; 64 pages plus covers
or USD$20.95 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Good look at the B-2 and
its service record
B-2A Spirit Units in Combat is available online from
This is good!
It begins with an interesting chapter on the development of the B-2A,
which also lists deliveries to the USAF and gives information about
variations between the three Blocks built as well as crew comments on
flying characteristics and maintenance. This takes us to page 30.
The rest of the book is devoted to combat flights over Kosovo,
Afghanistan, and Iraq and to future possible developments. The two-man
crew switches over during long flights, with folding cots bought by the
men to allow sleep. Since the fit in the “spare” crew space it’s
difficult to understand why they weren’t included in the design in the
first place, but presumably the Air Force thought its crews were
supermen who didn’t need sleep to maintain concentration on flights
lasting up to 50 hours.
There is a great selection of colour photos, with quite a few monochrome
ones as well, and good colour plates showing markings. My only criticism
is that these include scrap views of “name plates” without indicating in
the captions where they might be carried or even if they’re on the
aircraft at all.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by John Prigent
This Page Created on 20 July, 2006
Last updated 20 July, 2006
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