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8 Stealth Aircraft With Search Lights On

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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 10:48 PM
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AFAIK,the B-2 Spirit is the only acknowledged aircraft that would meet your description in the time-frame mentioned (+/- 4 years past). The lights were most probably formation or landing lights (they are quite bright) being used to increase the aircraft's visibility.

The F-117 Nighthawks were based at Holloman AFB New Mexico and retired in 2007, the RQ-170 Sentinel UAV was still in development and I don't believe 8 of the XB-47 UCAV or any of the other known programs with a triangular planform have been produced.


Typical aircraft lighting


B-2 sightings, while rare are more common in the central and northeastern U.S. than anywhere else.Whiteman AFB in central Missouri is home to the The 509th Bomb Wing which operate the 20 aircraft B-2 fleet. The B-2's have special requirements and although there are a handful of bases around the world capable of supporting B-2 operations during forward deployments, the bulk of the fleet is usually at Whiteman.

They sortie from Whitman and fly east out over the Atlantic and up the eastern seaboard often, although they would generally transit at operational altitude (30k+). I have never heard of them operating at low altitude, low altitude flight stresses an airframe considerably and there are only so many air worthy flight hours in the USAF's 2 billion dollar wonder bomber.

The Evers military operations area straddles across Pocahontas, Randolph and southern Pendleton county in eastern West Virginia as well as Highland County in western Virginia. There seems to be a lot of low level training in the area...




Military Airspace in Highland County
All armed forces service branches currently use the airspace above Highland County for training missions.

The military operations area is controlled by the Air Force at Langley Air Force Base and is designated as the Evers MOA.

Military Training Routes (MTR) currently cross the western portion of the county with authority to fly as low as 2000’ AGL; however, they frequently fly as low as 300’ AGL.
Highland County Local Government Structure


Here is a broad overview of the 509th squadron history with the B-2, take a look and see if any of the dates or timeframes match your sighting.Eight of them togather in the air at once is probably a large practice mission or deployment and is possibly listed...
Northrop-Grumman B-2 Spirit Squadron Service



...After more than 140 sorties and 330 released weapons, B-2 Spirit aircraft, pilots, maintainers and support staff from the 509th Bomb Wing started returning home from Andersen AFB at the end of August 2006.

Aircraft and personnel from the 393rd and 13th Bomb Squadrons and 509th Maintenance Group at Whiteman AFB were deployed to Andersen as part of Operation "Ocean Fury", the objective of which was to promote regional security and preserve regional stability while providing U.S. Pacific Command with a continuous bomber presence in the region.

Airmen from the two bomb squadrons each completed approximately two months at Andersen so each squadron had the opportunity to fly training sorties here. The B-2 maintainers and other support personnel, such as life support and communications, fulfilled a four-month deployment.

On September 9th 2006 B-2 93-1087 visited Lambert Air National Guard Base at St. Louis, Missouri. It gave the Missouri Guardsmen from the 131st Fighter Wing an opportunity to see the aircraft up close before the Missouri ANG and active duty units pair up as a B-2 unit at Whiteman AFB.

On September 10th 2006 a B-2 flew over Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., just before before the New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills football game.

Four B-2s from the 393rd Bomb Squadron arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, on October 7th 2007 to maintain the continuous USAF bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Col. Garrett Harencak, 509th Bomb Wing commander, completed his first B-2 sortie in the "Spirit of Texas" on November 9th 2007. The five and half hour training mission started in Palmdale, Calif., and went over Las Vegas, Nev., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the Air Force Academy, Colo., and consisted of an air refueling and two "touch and go" landings before coming to a halt in front of Whiteman Base Operations.

On December 18th 2007 two B-2s took off from Andersen AFB on an exercise to hit a target in Alaska when one bomber was diverted to a global power sortie. It was re-tasked to Hawaii and was sent new target information to facilitate coordinated weapons releases with ground parties at Pohakuloa Training Range. Both bombers later hit their intended targets nearly simultaneously.

Also on December 18th, a team of weapons specialists loaded a mockup of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) into the bomb bay of a simulated B-2 at Whiteman AFB. The MOP is approximately 20.5 feet long, with a 31.5-inch diameter and a total weight of slightly less than 30,000lb (13.6 tons). The weapon will carry over 5,300lb (2.4 tons) of explosive material and will deliver more than 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor, the BLU-109. It is designed to penetrate up to 200 feet underground before exploding. The B-2 will be able to carry two MOPs, one in each weapons bay.

On January 17th 2008 B-2s from the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron deployed to Guam took off from Andersen AFB to fly a "Polar Lightning" global power mission to Alaska. Since deploying to Andersen on October 5th 2007, the 393rd EBS has successfully completed two "Polar Lightning" sorties as well as five additional global power missions...





I hope this helps...



edit on 4-4-2012 by Drunkenparrot because: syntax




posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 11:29 AM
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Thanks a lot Drunken Parrot but the search lights were aimed at and being moved around on the ground, they weren't fixed, plus, there are no military airbases close so no need for landing gear out here, unless, like you saud, it was some kind of drill. Other than the search lights, the pic's that you posted is pretty close to what I saw.
edit on 5-4-2012 by Fylgje because: (no reason given)



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