PALMDALE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today unveiled a visual center piece for its year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber -- a custom, B-2 themed motorcycle designed and built for the company by Orange County Choppers, Newburgh, N.Y.
Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2, which made its first flight on July 17, 1989.
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"We named the bike 'The Spirit of Innovation' to honor the engineering innovation and spirit of partnership between Northrop Grumman and the Air Force that enabled the development and on-going modernization of the B-2," said Dave Mazur, Northrop Grumman's vice president of long range strike and B-2 program manager. "It is also a tribute to the men and women of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., who fly, service and maintain the fleet."
Northrop Grumman plans to feature the Stealth Bike at 20th anniversary events throughout 2009, including social events, trade shows and air shows. A highlight of the year will be a re-enactment of the first flight from Palmdale, Calif., in July.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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