Strange reports of up to 10 B-2 stealth bombers flying above Minneapolis started circulating on social media Thursday evening.
Tail spotters posted numerous photos on Facebook, not only of B-2s but of KC-10 tankers in the area. Meanwhile, aviation geeks on Twitter began debating what could have prompted perhaps half the inventory of the U.S. Air Force’s most advanced bomber to begin coalescing around a major U.S. city.
Was it an exercise, or something more sinister? Were the B-2s moving in preparation of further airstrikes on Syria? Were they about to send a message to Iran? Was a nuclear strike of some sort imminent?
On Friday afternoon, the Air Force finally released an answer.