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parrothead wrote:I hope it wasn't the pilots' fault!
huggy wrote:Each jet is worth $2B+.
LMAggie wrote:Glad to hear the crew is ok.
Stars & Stripes wrote:In a first, $1.2 billion stealth crashes
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A B-2 stealth bomber plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on Saturday, the first time one crashed, but both pilots ejected safely, Air Force officials said.
The aircraft was taking off with three others on their last flight out of Guam after a four-month deployment, part of a continuous U.S. bomber presence in the western Pacific. After the crash, the other three bombers were being kept on Guam, said Maj. Eric Hilliard at Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii.
At least one B-2 bomber had taken off safely from Andersen Air Force Base but was brought back when another aircraft plunged to the ground.
There were no injuries on the ground or damage to buildings, and no munitions were on board. Each B-2 bomber costs about $1.2 billion to build.
Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing from the wreckage at Andersen, said Jeanne Ward, a resident in the northern village of Yigo who was on the base visiting her husband.
Ward said she didn't witness the crash but noticed a rising plume of smoke behind the base's air control tower.
She said crowds began to gather as emergency vehicles arrived. "Everybody was on their cell phones, and the first thing everyone wanted to know was did the pilots make it out in time," she said.
The Air Force, without identifying the pilots, said one was medically evaluated and released, and the other was in stable condition at Guam Naval Hospital.
A board of officers will investigate what caused the bat-like aircraft to crash at 10:30 a.m., shortly after taking off from a runway. It was the first crash of a B-2 bomber, said Capt. Sheila Johnston, a spokeswoman for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
All 21 stealth bombers are based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, but the Air Force has been rotating several of them through Guam since 2004, along with B-1 and B-52 bombers.
The rotations are designed to boost the U.S. security presence in the Asia-Pacific region while other U.S. forces diverted to fight in the Middle East.
The B-2 was first publicly displayed in 1988 and took its first flight a year later. The first bomber was delivered to Whiteman in 1993.
The bombers on Guam were scheduled to return to Missouri now that six B-52s from the 96th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., have arrived to replace them.
The distinctive B-2 is described as a "multi-role bomber" that blends stealth technology with a highly efficient aerodynamic design. It is able to deliver large payloads at great range and has been used in combat over Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The accident occurred 11 days after a Navy plane crashed into the ocean about 20 miles northeast of Guam's Ritidian Point. Four aircrew members ejected from the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft and were rescued by helicopter.
Guam is a U.S. territory 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.
Source: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/ ... TE=DEFAULT
Whiteman Air Force Base wrote:B-2 Crashes at Andersen AFB
NOTE: Guam is across the International Date Line. The accident occurred Friday evening EST.
An Air Force B-2 bomber crashed on Andersen AFB Saturday morning local Guam time.
Two pilots from the 509th Bomb Wing were on board and ejected. They have been evaluated by medical authorities and are in good condition.
The B-2 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Whiteman AFB, MO.
Emergency responders are on scene. A board of officers will investigate the accident. More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
The Telegraph wrote:US B-2 stealth bomber crashes in Guam
By Ben Martin
Last Updated: 10:02am GMT 23/02/2008
An American B-2 stealth bomber - one of the most expensive planes ever made - has crashed, leaving the US military with a £610 million bill.
Two pilots on board the bomber managed to eject safely before the crash, which occurred near Andersean Air Force Base, on the American island territory of Guam, 3,700 miles south-west of Hawaii.
The crash happened shortly after take-off, sending thick black smoke billowing from the wreckage of the plane, which was one of just 21 B-2 bombers in the US Air Force.
One of the pilots was in hospital in a stable condition and the other was released after a brief medical examination, the US Air Force said.
They have been evaluated by medical authorities and are in good condition," it said in a statement.
An inquiry will be held into why the aircraft, which was based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, crashed. The US military would not comment on the purpose of the plane’s doomed flight.
The B-2 bomber can evade most radar signals making it difficult for defensive systems to detect, track and attack.
It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles (6,850 miles) without refuelling and has been used for missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Serbia. Guam - which was captured from Spain by US forces in 1898 - has been a bomber base since March 2004. B-52, B-2 and B-1 bombers deploy on rotation from bases on the US mainland.
The crash came just two days after two F-15C Eagles jet fighters collided off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, killing one pilot.
Both pilots from the single-seat jets ejected from their planes and were rescued after a search by US Coast Guard and local fishing vessels. Both were alive when rescued, but one pilot died soon after.
The US Air Force grounded its about 450 of its 700-strong F-15 fleet in November, after one failed during a training flight in Missouri, forcing a pilot to eject. He survived with minor injuries.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ber123.xml
A B-2 stealth bomber crashed early Saturday on takeoff from the Pacific island of Guam, but its crew members ejected and survived, the US military said in a statement.
The crash would be the first for the B-2, a 1.2 billion dollar radar evading long range bomber that first saw combat in the 1999 air war over Kosovo.
Authorities were investigating the incident.
ATFS_Crash wrote:If it ends up being human error, their conscience might make death preferable.
akruse21 wrote:the rumor that if the crew of a B-2 tried to pull the handles, the CSAF would pop up on their MPDs telling them that they better try harder
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