Amazing St. Maarten-like photo of a B-2 stealth bomber landing in Guam. Ops, it’s Diego Garcia.

Update Mar. 4, 2013, 19.20 GMT

Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten, the Caribbean island, is one of the world’s most famous airports: essentially, planes on short final for landing pass on top of beach goers on Maho Beach, that is always floodeed with tourists and photographers.

If you look for images of aircraft landing at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport online, you’ll literally find thousand close up photographs showing planes flying extremely low over bystanders at Maho Beach.

Now, look at the following images. They’ll remind you the typical close-up pictures taken from the Caribbean beach with a main difference: the aircraft is not a civil liner but the U.S. most famous stealth bomber, the B-2 Spirit.

B-2 Guam

They show a B-2 Spirit bomber from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, about to land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean Feb. 11, 2013.

B-2 Guam St. Maarten like

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

Two such radar evading planes are temporarily based at Guam to strengthen the U.S. presence in the Pacific region. But, although the caption of the Air Force photo says the aircraft was flying near Andersen, the image depicts a stealthy bomber landing at Diego Garcia, several thousand miles to the east of Guam.

Indeed, if you check the position of Andersen AFB and Diego Garcia on Google Earth, you’ll notice that only the one in the Indian Ocean has a strip of land visible from the runway threshold.

Diego Garcia

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5 Comments

  1. I went to Google maps and then on to Guam to see if I could tell exactly where this photo was taken. After looking carefully at the ocean side approach to Anderson I don’t think that this photo was taken on approach to Anderson. There is no small island just off the coast and the ocean comes up to a fairly steep hill and rocks on the beach not an inlet. Maybe someone can help me see where this is.

  2. I don’t think this B-2 is landing at PGUA there would not be any land behind the approching aircraft.

  3. Ok, I thought where else in the world would the B-2 be able to operate out of and be a tropical location. Only one spot came to mind…..Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean. This appears to be an approach to runway 31 Diego Garcia.

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