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B-2s Depart Missouri, Headed to Middle East

A B-2 Spirit bomber taxis down the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. A B-2 Spirit bomber taxis down the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

March 12, 2003
Posted at: 2:53 p.m. CST

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. -- Missouri-based B-2 Stealth bombers have moved closer to Iraq, flying to bases overseas.

A Whiteman Air Force Base spokeswoman says an undisclosed number of the radar-evading bombers left the Knob Noster base last night. Whiteman, in west-central Missouri, is the home base for the nation's 21 B-2s.

Second Lieutenant Kat Ohlmeyer said the base did not deploy all of the bombers, leaving some to fight from Missouri or other forward locations. Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton says the movement of the bat-shaped planes tells him war with Iraq will start soon.

The Air Force has installed temporary shelters for the planes in England and on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The island is a British protectorate.

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