Stealth Bombers Making a Stop at Hickam Air Force Base

Charles Martoglio
Charles Martoglio

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It looks like something out of a "Batman" movie.

But it is real.

And it is deadly.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber is making a stop at Hickam Air Force Base, as it continues its mission to protect the pacific from the air.

It's organic look, and high-tech sheen are unmistakeable.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber is designed to fly-in undetected, and then unleash it's 20-ton payload.

''The B-2 Spirit is the most capable bomber in the world today, bar none," said Rear Adm. Charles Martoglio with the U.S. Navy Pacific Command. "It's broad array of capabilities are designed to make an adversary think, I will not win if I go to war against the United States, today."

This B-2 is one of four currently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

It's described as a critical part of the U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence.

''It's an amazing airplane to fly," said Lt. Col. John Vitacca of the U.S. Air Force. "Everyday, it's a treat to wake-up and get to fly the B-2."

Billions of dollars and close to a decade of development behind it, this 172-foot-wide "flying wing" travels through radar scans appearing to be a flock of birds.

But, when it wants to be seen, it receives rock star treatment.

''The jet itself does standout. Everywhere you go, the airlines will talk on the radio, hey I think I see the B-2. So, although it's been out for a while now, it still ilicits that response."

There are 21 Stealth Bombers in service around the world.

Tuesday's B-2 crew has been deployed since October.