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A keen-eyed Google Maps user spots a STEALTH BOMBER flying in US airspace

It’s a $2 billion machine that’s supposed to be virtually undetectable, but not even a B-2 stealth bomber can’t escape the sight of Google Maps.

Satellite imagery available on a digital mapping service provided a rare panoramic view of one of the angled planes flying over rural Missouri.

Photos of stealth bombers on Google Maps

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Photos of stealth bombers on Google MapsCredit: Google
The B-2 Spirit costs the US Air Force $2 billion each and can fly almost undetected

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The B-2 Spirit costs the US Air Force $2 billion each and can fly almost undetectedCredit: Getty

Eagle-eyed Reddit user”Hippowned“excavated the once-in-a-lifetime footage and shared it on the site’s popular r/Damnthatsinteresting forum on Monday.

The image is a bit blurry, but viewers can clearly recognize the bomber’s W-shaped wing design and the famous “falcon beak” nose.

That shape means there are very few leading edges for the radar to reflect from, allowing it to fly anonymously in enemy airspace.

The aircraft’s twin engine exhaust channels are also visible at the rear, as is its jet-black windshield.

Google receives newsletters for its Maps and Earth services from a number of satellite companies. The source of the B-2 image is listed as Maxar Technologies.

It is dotted with red, green and blue artifacts, a result of the way the satellite takes pictures.

  • View B-2 stealth bombers on Google Maps here

The B-2 bomber is manufactured by Northrop Grumman and has been in service since 1997.

It is a long-range stealth bomber that can fly undetected at high altitudes to carry out both nuclear and conventional attacks.

At a cost of $2 billion each, the B-2 is one of the most expensive aircraft of all time. To date, only 21 have been made.

Whiteman Air Force Base (WAFB), the current home of the B-2 Spirit, is located 25 kilometers from the Missouri field, where Google Maps spotted one of the bombers.

A B-2 had previously appeared on the map engine stationed at WAFB, home to the 509th Bomb Wing, the nation’s first operational B-2 bomber unit.

In the past, it was indignantly claimed that the image of a virus bomber was captured in China, but this was later proven to be false.

In the comments under Hippowned’s post, users joked that images showing the rarely seen bomber weren’t so stealthy after all.

One Redditor wrote: “More like a photo bomber.”

Another said: “It’s not so sneaky now, is it?”

Others have had the opportunity to marvel at the modern engineering that means the plane is almost silent in the air.

One user wrote: “These are weird in the air. If you get a chance to see one at an air show, it’s practically silent while it’s circling overhead.”

Another said: “Yes, people don’t seem to understand how silent f**king is. I was at an air show and saw it but only recognized it when it flew past us. .”

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Caroline Bleakley

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