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Anthony Spataro began working at Northrop Corporation in 1985 as a Maintainability Engineer on the B-2 Spirit program (then known as the ATB - Advanced Technology Bomber) and was promoted to Avionics Maintainability Manager shortly thereafter. Spataro later transferred to B-2 Systems Engineering and was the lead engineer on the On-Board Test System (OBTS) where he checked OBTS performance during flight tests. Once B-2 aircraft were being delivered to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Spataro transferred to the B-2 Weapon System Support Center (WSSC) at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma where he helped to design and set up test equipment and labs where all upgrades to the B-2's avionics and software are engineered and tested. Spataro retired from Northrop Grumman in 2005.



Processing Information

Arranged and described (2019) and encoded (2020) by Jessamyn Lloyd.


Spataro, Anthony




Anthony Spataro, Gift, 2019, NASM.2019.0013.


0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)


This collection is in English.


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Newspaper clippings

Press releases

Arrangement note

Collection is in original (chronological) order.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 0.05 cubic feet of material relating to the Northrop B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber) that was gathered by Anthony Spataro during his time working on the B-2 program. Materials in the collection include post cards; a color transparency; brochures; news clippings; news releases; communications to Northrop employees from various corporate officers; Northrop B-2 Division employee newsletters including the Team Reporter, Newsbriefs, and B-2 Special Report; and event programs for the B-2 Weapon System Support Center (WSSC) New Facility Ribbon Cutting (January 21, 2000) and Full Operational Capability Ceremony (October 31, 2002). The collection also includes two items relating to the Rockwell B-1B Lancer including an issue of the Rockwell News newsletter on the aircraft's rollout, and an invitation to a "B-1B Family Day" for North American Aircraft Operations (NAAO) employees and their immediate families held at Palmdale Aircraft Assembly Complex in September 1984.



Newspaper clippings

Press releases


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Northrop Corp

Topics Aeronautics
Aircraft industry


Northrop B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber) Materials [Spataro], NASM.2019.0013, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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