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B2 Bummer

Posted by redsatellite on February 24, 2008

A B2 Bomber has crashed….in Guam.

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.

A board of officers will investigate what caused the 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.

I worked on the B2 Bomber program from 1985 to 1988…and then again from 1991 to 1999. So hearing this….came as a big shock. The B2 bomber is one VERY sophisticated airplane…so don’t be surprised- if the cause of the crash rests with the avionics or the onboard bank of computers.

I’ve sat in that cockpit….and stared at all those digital instruments. Call it…… a hunch.

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