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


  • 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.


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

Alexandria Bontrager
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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