Whiteman’s B-2 flies over Rose parade, game

Friday, January 4, 2019

On Tuesday, Jan 1, Americans throughout the country rang in the new year. Many people tuned in Tuesday morning for one of the most festive celebrations of the new year, the 130th Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Cali.

Those tuning in, and those in attendance at the 2019 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl were able to view a flyover of Spirit 11, the B-2 bomber belonging to the 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base.

The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions, according to www.whiteman.af.mil. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.

A Facebook post by Whiteman Air Force Base stated Col. Matthew Calhoun, of the Missouri Air National Guard, and Lt. Col. Bob Bryant, with Whiteman Air Force Base, were the B-2 pilots who soared overhead Tuesday’s events.

“Our skilled pilots are excited to showcase America’s stealth bomber over Southern California,” Brig. Gen. John Nichols, 509th Bomb Wing commander at Whiteman Air Force Base, said in an article in the Sedalia Democrat. “We enjoy an extraordinary relationship with our communities — at home in Missouri and across the nation, here in beautiful California; we are proud to display this symbol of American air power and innovation with all Americans.”

2019 marks 30 years of B-2 flight and a continuation of the decades-long history of Rose Bowl flyovers by the nation’s sole stealth bomber.

Editor's note: This article was first published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, on The Marshall Democrat-News website.

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