Bull's-eye on Big Isle -- Risk of DU spread
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"Maj. Brian Bogue, deputy chief of strategy plans at the 613th Air and Space Operations Center, said such methods were extremely accurate and that there was little chance any bombs would stray off the Pohakuloa range. Planners intentionally pick targets that are in the center of the range, Bogue said, adding two miles is the closest any of the bombs have come to the range boundary. Further, as inert weapons, none of the bombs contain explosives, so there is no danger of one going off."
Bull's-eye on Big Isle
It's (practice) bombs away for B-2 stealth planes
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Radar-evading B-2 stealth bombers have begun using Pohakuloa Training Area on the
THE BOMBERS: Black boomeranglike B-2 Spirit bombers are for the first time conducting bombing practice runs over
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By Audrey McAvoy
More than 18,000 feet above the
It is a scene being repeated monthly as the Air Force's sleek, boomerang-shaped planes regularly use
"There are very few potential adversaries in the world that don't understand and respect what this bomber capability can bring," said Col. Timothy Saffold, deputy commander of the 613th Air and
At a cost of about $1.2 billion each, the B-2 bomber is designed so that it does not show up on radar, giving it a unique ability to penetrate an enemy's defenses and go after heavily defended targets. The plane was first shown to the public in 1988 and became available for military operations in 1997.
The planes have been flying test runs over
In the past, the pilots only simulated dropping weapons over the islands. Now the pilots can see whether the bombs they release land where they are supposed to.
The planes are equipped to drop "smart" bombs, or weapons guided to their targets by global positioning system technology. But they do not use it in the
Instead, the airmen rely on gravity -- and extensive data on wind speed and elevation -- to deliver their unarmed bombs to the right spot.
Maj. Brian Bogue, deputy chief of strategy plans at the 613th Air and
Planners intentionally pick targets that are in the center of the range, Bogue said, adding two miles is the closest any of the bombs have come to the range boundary.
Further, as inert weapons, none of the bombs contain explosives, so there is no danger of one going off.
During their November training mission to
On the way back from Pohakuloa, the bombers launched a simulated attack on
"This particular mission covers the full spectrum of what we can do," said Maj. Tim Hale, one of the pilots in the exercise.
The B-2 bombers assigned to Guam also fly to
The move compensated for
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