10 Incredible Facts About the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. The Northrop B-2 Spirit is one of the most iconic military aircraft ever made. Its shape is instantly recognizable, even to those with little to no military knowledge. But its famous shape isn’t for looks alone. Despite its popularity, the B-2 Spirit “Stealth Bomber” has earned its place in history by being virtually undetectable to enemy surveillance. For this reason it has been instrumental in a variety of missions, with the ability to spy on enemy territory or level targets with its heavy payload of bombs. There’s also a fair amount of controversy surrounding the B-2. From its steep price tag to the United States’ need for such planes, governments and taxpayers remain somewhat divided when it comes to the B-2’s place in the Air Force’s fleet. As an aircraft that was designed in the 70s yet remains relatively inexperienced in the field, the B-2 has a unique history, and an uncertain future.