Three stealth bombers that got the Allied air assault of Libya off to a booming start are back home in Missouri Monday after a marathon trip. The B-2 bombers flew an incredible 25 consecutive hours -- 11,418 miles roundtrip. The pilots -- two in each plane -- are getting a well-deserved rest.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the bombers rarely leave their special air-controlled hangars at Whiteman Air Force Base. But when they do, just hope they never pay a visit. The phantom-like bombers are perhaps the most effective war machines ever built.
After the first wave of more than 100 Tomahawk missiles were launched from warships in the Mediterranean, the B-2s were sent in Sunday morning to strike "a variety of strategic targets over Libya," according to the Air Force. They dropped 45 one ton satellite-guided missiles on Libyan aircraft shelters.
The bombers are deadly accurate as well as efficient -- the Air Force said one B-2 can do the job of 75 conventional aircraft. So at $2.1 billion each, military officials say they are well worth it.
In addition to avoiding enemy radar, the stealth can also unleash so-called "bunker buster" bombs that penetrate concrete of up to 30 feet thick before detonating. However, it doesn't appear those were used in the Libya campaign.