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B-2 bombers based in Missouri send message to North Korea


A B-2 flies over Edwards Air Force Base during a test mission on August 14, 2003. NOTE: In addition to the $2.2 billion dollar cost of the B-2, Cost per Flying Hour is > $139 grand per hour.

B-2 bombers based in Missouri send message to North Korea
Mike McGraw | The Kansas City Star
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013

Two Missouri-based B-2 stealth bombers have carried a clear message from the U.S. to North Korean leaders.

Following weeks of North Korean bluster, the U.S. on Thursday took the unprecedented step of announcing that the nuclear-capable bombers joined joint military drills with South Korea, dropping dummy practice bombs on an island range.

The bombers made the 13,000-mile nonstop round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster.

In a statement issued Thursday morning from Seoul, the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman and the U.S. Strategic Command said the mission demonstrates America’s ability to conduct precision strikes “quickly and at will.”

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