ANNEX F Common Solution/Concept List (U)Air Force Mission Area Plan (MAP) [as of 11 July 1997 - Rev 10] - Detailed and comprehensive Air Combat Command descriptions of weapon system modernization efforts required to satisfy known needs.
B-2 BOMBER Mr. INOUYE Congressional Record (Senate - April 14, 1997) -- "I want to address the need to acquire a meaningful long-range-strike weapons system. I want to address the procurement of nine more B-2 bombers, which are needed to complete a three-squadron fleet that will have the means to deter, the capabilities to defend against, and the power to defeat threats to our national interest. "
Independent Bomber Force Review Brent Scowcroft -- We do not believe that the planned force of 21 B-2s will satisfy foreseeable U.S. military requirements. Pentagon opposition to further B-2 production is shortsighted and parochial.
B-2 successfully drops improved bunker buster bomb Released: Mar 26, 1998 -- A B-2 Spirit bomber dropped two B61-11 bomb shells to test their improved ground penetration capability March 17 at the Stuart Creek Impact Area, 35 miles southeast of Fairbanks.
Air power panel recommends B-2 improvements Released: Mar 24, 1998 WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- A group of former Air Force leaders, a senator and industry representatives recommend that funds for the B-2 bomber program be spent to improve bombers already flying, not to buy new aircraft.
Air Force dedicates latest B-2 to Mississippi : Apr 28, 1998 (AFNS) -- The U.S. Air Force will name the nation's newest B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
the "Spirit of Mississippi" in a ceremony at the Air National Guard Base at Thompson Field, Jackson, Miss., May 23 at 11:00 a.m.
B-2 achieves 'consecutive miracle': May 19, 1998
(AFNS) -- The B-2 bomber Spirit of Louisiana dropped four 2,000 pound BLU-109
versions of the Joint Direct Attack Munition against three targets on the White Sands Missile Range April 28.
2nd Air Expeditionary Group bombers return home : 7 Oct 1998 - by Tech. Sgt. Howard Smith 2nd Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs -- Bombers from the 2nd Air Expeditionary Group -- three B-2 Spirits and three B-52H Stratofortresses -- completed their global power training mission Oct. 6.
Air Force White Paper on Long-Range Bombers 01 March 1999 -- This paper addresses Congressional language from the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 1999 (Report 105-591) and the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 1999 (Report 105-532). (...) To this end, this document describes the long-range bombers' significance in protecting U.S. national security interests and articulates the Air Force vision of long-range bomber employment in support of national security and military strategy. [PDF 1Mb]
Last Block 20 B-2 leaves Whiteman (AFPN) 8 Jan 1999 -- The Spirit of Oklahoma B-2 stealth bomber recently left Whiteman for the Northrop Grumman modification line in Palmdale, Calif. The stealth bomber is the first Block 20 B-2 delivered and now the last one to be upgraded to Block 30. Since their arrival, all but two B-2s were sent back for Block 30 modification.
Tinker B-2 experts solve problem affecting Allied Force missionOklahoma Air Logistics Center Public Affairs (AFPN) 11 Jun 1999 -- The System Engineering Branch of the B-2 System Program Management Division here has solved a major problem affecting the B-2's mission effectiveness during Operation Allied Force. The actuator remote terminal, or ART, works the various control surfaces on the B-2. Without it, the wing cannot fly. Because of an airflow-cooling problem, the ART was one of the high-failure items on the B-2 bomber.