Whiteman AFB 509 MXS B-2

Whiteman AFB 509 MXS B-2 poster art.

The 509th Maintenance Squadron (509 MXS) is part of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.  It supports maintenance on B-2 Stealth Bomber, which is America’s premier, only long range, stealth bomber.  The base is 1.5 hours away from Kansas City, Missouri.  The squadron mascot is the “Viper”, their heritage comes from the spanner wrench (which is in the middle of their patch) and their motto is  “Start the Fight”!

The 509th Bomb Wing (509 BW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command, Eighth Air Force. It is stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The 509 BW is the host unit at Whiteman, and operates the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The wing can launch combat sorties directly from Missouri to any spot on the globe, engaging adversaries with large payloads of traditional or precision-guided munitions.

The wing’s 509th Operations Group is a direct descendant organization of the World War II 509th Composite Group (509th CG). The 509th CG had a single mission: to drop the atomic bomb. The group made history on 6 August 1945, when the B-29 Superfortress, “Enola Gay”, piloted by Col Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The B-29 “Bockscar,” piloted by Maj Charles Sweeney flew over the Japanese mainland on 9 August 1945, and dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

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