By Jim Chism
This was the B-2's very first public display, November 22, 1988 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale where it was assembled. It then had its first flight July 17, 1989. It can drop up to 80 500 lb-class JDAM GPS guided bombs, or 16 2400 lb B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration, and has a maximum air speed of 630 MPH at an altitude of 40,000 feet.