B-2 Spirit

This amazing picture is of a U.S. military B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber quite literally building up steam as it approaches the sound barrier.

It was released to coincide with the announcement of upgraded military software for the fleet and shows the B-2 reaching a high subsonic speed during a flight over Palmdale, near Los Angeles.

The Stealth Bomber’s ultra-streamlined modern design ensures there is only a minimal shockwave as the pilot accelerates beyond the speed of sound.