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September 9th, 2012 at 8:39 PM ^

Commercial-airliner big.  Wider, by a lot, than a 737.  Almost as big as a 747.  Nothing like a fighter jet.  Almost indescribably awesome.  I've seen maybe a half-dozen B-2 flyovers, including at the Chicago airshow (from the perspective of a high-rise looking at Lake Michigan which is an amazing way to view low-flying military aircraft), and it is the star of every show I have ever witnessed.

I vote for a massive pos-bang of the OP; nice video.

MichiganManOf1961

September 9th, 2012 at 10:55 PM ^

I did some more research, and boy, let me tell you, military technology is quite remarkable.  Take this YouTube.com video for example: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIXtcCHbOCQ".  You can see 80, 500 lb JDAM bombs dropped from a single B2, each hitting their intended target on the ground.  Essentially, one aircraft could take out 80 basketball court-sized targets in one pass.  Anothing thing many people don't consider is that the United States is one of the select (if not only) countries who have the resources to train regularly with live ammo, which makes the force much more prepared than even the next highest spender (China). 

~Herm

go16blue

September 9th, 2012 at 8:34 PM ^

I didn't expect much from the flyover ("it's just a plane") but I was absolutely blown away. I just sat there in awe as this absolutely massive, fast, absurdly flat and beautiful chunk of undetectable metal flew over me. Great stuff.

thisisme08

September 9th, 2012 at 8:35 PM ^

1st time I ever saw one of those things was at EAA Airventure in Oshkosk, Wisconsin.  At the time I believe it was the 1st "public" airshow flyover that it had done.  I tell you that thing was SILENT (it was flying pretty high to begin with) but man was it awesome.  

mGrowOld

September 9th, 2012 at 8:54 PM ^

The best flyover I've ever seen was before the 2004 Rose Bowl when they had both a B2 AND a B1 and two F117 (the Stealth fighter).  We saw them in the Pasadena hills on our way to the game and they were truly a sight to behold.

Did you guys notice yesterday you couldnt hear the B2 until after it was past you?  If you were on the business end of a bombing run you'd only know it was there after it became a very bad day.

Rocking Chair

September 9th, 2012 at 8:58 PM ^

The first B-2 flyover was at the Big Chill.

Anyone have a video of yesterday's bald eagle "fly-in?"  It landed right in front of us in section 4.  Better than skydivers or even rocket man.

bluebyyou

September 9th, 2012 at 11:01 PM ^

As cool as the B-2 flyover was, I have been at many events, the Rose Bowl, Indy 500, air shows, etc. where B-2's did flyovers.  

I have never been at any event where we had an eagle fly around the venue.  Very, very cool and very impressive watching that amazing bird fly around the Big House.  The Bald Eagle has been on the seal of the United States since 1782.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html

 

Don

September 9th, 2012 at 9:03 PM ^

If communism hadn't existed, that awesome machine—and virtually every single plane in our Air Force—wouldn't have been developed. Our air shows would consist of Piper Cubs and Beechcraft Bonanazas doing flybys at 100mph. You should thank Nikita Kruschev and Leonid Brezhnev, pal.

cseeman

September 9th, 2012 at 9:23 PM ^

I live in Saline and the B-2 was making a few approach runs. It was turning south almost exactly where I live (on the south west part of town) and it flew right over my house. The same thing happened last year during the F-14 flyover for the Nebraska Game. Got some shots of the B-2 almost right over my house. It is amazing how quiet that plane is. Just glad that they are on our side...

 

Here are the pictures via flickr that I took from Saline:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cseeman/tags/umfootball09082012/

cseeman

September 9th, 2012 at 9:23 PM ^

I live in Saline and the B-2 was making a few approach runs. It was turning south almost exactly where I live (on the south west part of town) and it flew right over my house. The same thing happened last year during the F-14 flyover for the Nebraska Game. Got some shots of the B-2 almost right over my house. It is amazing how quiet that plane is. Just glad that they are on our side...

 

Here are the pictures via flickr that I took from Saline:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cseeman/tags/umfootball09082012/