Learn about Flying the B-2 Spirit Video

Watch a fascinating and informative documentary that profiles one of America's greatest military aircraft: the B-2 stealth bomber. In this segment you'll learn about flying the B-2.
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Capt. Rob Southerland: The B-2 program has just started receiving their first pilots straight out of pilot training. So, that's kind of new to us because, up until just recently, every pilot that's here at Whiteman B-2s had a pervious weapon system under their belt. B-52s, B-1s all different major weapon systems. We almost have each one represented here at Whiteman. You have to go through an interview process. Air forces personnel sent out a message saying that the Whiteman air force is hiring B-2 pilots and they was send under requirements and you will look at your history to see if you met those requirements. If you met those requirements, you would put together a package which would be officer performance reports, your flying formats and you would send this package forwarded to Whiteman. Once they review these packages, they would say, okay we want to bring this person here to interview him. once you get to the interview process, you come to Whiteman you will do simulator, you will do interviews with the operations group commander and the wing commander and you will explain to them what's your goals are in the air force and why Whiteman should pick you. Once they do this with each one of them of the interviewees, they would select them to come here at Whiteman. Once you get here to Whiteman, you have to go through the T38 program, the initial qualification training for the T38, which is normally approximately two months long and T38 being a companion trainer for the B-2. Once the T38 is complete, you start your initial qualification training for B-2, which is normally comprised of three months of academics, probably two months of weapon system trainers and then you start the flying phases B-2, all total equalling amount six months of training.

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