Students from Knob Noster High School near Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, designed this plastic cover for an important switch box inside the B-2 Spirit bomber. The cover now is used in all operational B-2s at Whiteman, as well as the aircraft's simulators. (COURTESY OF KNOB NOSTER HIGH SCHOOL)
Students from Knob Noster High School near Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, designed this plastic cover for an important switch box inside the B-2 Spirit bomber. The cover now is used in all operational B-2s at Whiteman, as well as the aircraft's simulators. (COURTESY OF KNOB NOSTER HIGH SCHOOL)

Students design $1.25 piece to help prevent B-2 stealth bomber emergencies

by Jennifer H. Svan
Stars and Stripes

One of the world’s most advanced bombers is flying with a plastic switch cover, designed by Missouri high school students, in its cockpit to prevent possible in-flight emergencies, the Air Force says.

The Stealth Panthers robotics team at Knob Noster High School near Whiteman Air Force Base worked with pilots and engineers last fall to create and test the 3D-printed prototype in a B-2 Spirit training simulator.

The covers, which cost about $1.25 to produce, are now installed in each operational B-2 at Whiteman and the simulator cockpits, said Capt. Keenan Kunst, a base spokesman.

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