Military Aviation MRO
United States Air Force
B-2 Spirit Bomber Windshield Maintenance Stand
Spika won a solicitation to provide a maintenance stand to access the windshield of the B-2 Bomber. Following the success of the first platform, the remainder of the required platforms were sole-sourced to Spika.
The United States Air Force needed a work platform to access the B-2 Spirit Bomber windshield for inspection, maintenance, and replacement. The platform had to meet several requirements:
The Air Force released a solicitation for the first unit and invited interested companies to send engineers to evaluate the requirements.
Due to the classified nature of the aircraft, no CAD drawings were available to facilitate design of the work platforms. In addition, there were very few areas that were easy to dimension from a baseline because of the complexity of the shape. Therefore, all measurements had to be taken manually, and with incredible precision.
Spika proposed an aluminum work platform utilizing proprietary design features for safety, access, and efficiency. The design featured:
The work platform worked so well that the Air Force decided to purchase the remainder of the platforms through a sole-source contract. In addition, Spika’s B-2 Windshield Maintenance Stand has proven to be one of the most highly used work stands in the program at Whiteman.
That stand of yours is the number one requested item here - still.
– Equipment User