June 2020 answer: Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

Rapid-fire facts

  • Role: Trainer
  • First flight: April 1, 1935
  • Number built: 15,495
  • Primary users: U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S. Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 42ft 0" (12.81m)
  • Length: 29ft 0" (8.84m)
  • Height: 11ft 8" (3.57m)
  • Max. speed: 208mph (335km/h)
  • Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial

June 2020 winner:

Ron Hart, Engineering Drafting Manager, ALOFT AeroArchitects, Georgetown, Delaware

How long have you been in the aerospace business? 35 years

How did you become interested in aircraft? As a kid, my dad was in the U.S. Navy, and I remember watching the B-52 bombers launching from Guam as they went to Vietnam.

What is your favorite aircraft and why? When I first joined the Air Force, the first aircraft I worked on was the F-4 Phantom. To me this aircraft was what a true fighter aircraft looked like. I remember looking up at a F-4 as it rumbled down the runway and lifted into the air. What a sight and what a feeling through your body from the afterburner.

Runners-up

Slip Merrell
Manufacturing Engineer
Schultz Steel Co.
South Gate, California

Alexandria Bontrager
Senior
Gloucester High School
Gloucester, Virginia

Submission Procedure

To enter the contest, visit www.AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign.com/form/NameThatPlane and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify. A full set of rules is provided.
 
The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is October 2, 2020. Winners will be announced in the November-December 2020 issue.
 
Have fun, and good luck!
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