Northrop Grumman announced Monday that it had returned to the Air Force a B-2 bomber that has just undergone routine programmed depot maintenance—complete with a fresh paint job that includes the new Air Force Global Strike Command's emblem. It is the first of AFGSC's B-2s to have the command insignia. According to the company release, the bomber actually flew back to its home base at Whiteman AFB, Mo., on Jan. 26. AFGSC did not officially take control of the nuclear-capable bomber force—B-2s and B-52s—until Feb. 1. Here, Northrop Grumman technicians prepare the "Spirit of Pennsylvania" for its return flight to Whiteman.
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