"Designed to be invisible to enemy radar, a B-2 stealth bomber slices across southwestern Nebraska. The state's main military installation—Offutt Air Base, in Bellevue—managed to evade Washington's political guns during a spate of recent base closings. This area, the top brass successfully argued, provides the Air Force with a central location relatively free of commercial air traffic."
—From "Nebraska: Standing Tall Again," November 1998, National Geographic magazine
Photograph by Joel Sartore