B-2 Crashes on Guam

23.02.08

Categorie: Air |

$1.2 billion down the drain. Thank God the pilots are okay.

air_b-2_and_f-15s_guam_lg.jpgSome perspective: there were 21 B-2s. Now there are 20 — a roughly 5-percent reduction in an instant. In terms of airframes, that’s the equivalent of 30 F-15s crashing at the same time, or 60 F-16s, or 6 F-22s. In terms of money, that’s equivalent to 20 F-15s, 24 F-16s or 10 F-22s.

Now, a little prediction. In light of the way the Air Force milked recent F-15 crashes for extra F-22 money, how much you want to bet that service leaders will use the B-2 crash to go begging for bomber funds?

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7 Responses to “B-2 Crashes on Guam”

  1. ELP says:

    It was a creature of it’s past environment caught between the cold war and now. Had the Soviet threat still gone on, we would have needed the 130 some that were to be produced…. and as you know those 130 some wouldn’t be over a billion each.

    As for the long range bomber program (B-3)… unless someone can do more than the little bit of R&D for it, it isn’t going to happen.

  2. Drew says:

    I’m calling it. These recent “incidents” are the beginning of a major “looking over” of the USAF. A ~$1.5 billion loss is…well, it’s just unbelievable. Even if it was just something that was “bound to happen,” something that was caused by an uncontrolled variable, how does it look when all this crap is happening in almost a domino effect? I’ll have to look at the overall accidents of military aircraft over the last 50 years, but the last year has to be one that sticks out. This is bad; Very bad for the image of the USAF.

  3. Sean says:

    A billion-dollar crash … wow. And like you say, they will probably use this to argue that they need even more money for aircraft.

  4. Mark Sexton says:

    Not to add too much fact to this discussion, but the Air Force isn’t responsible for the B-2 costing 1.2 billion each. Congress and two presidents cut the program from 132 aircraft to 21. Thus the cost per aircraft rising exponentially as the R&D was spread across fewer airframes.

    Also, designing and building the B-2 wasn’t exactly like designing and building an Airbus. It required more technological advances than designing the Space Shuttle.

    Why spend so much on an aircraft? Because it gave the US advantages that no other country could match – even 20 years later.

    As far as the Air Force “milking” this for more aircraft like they are for the F-15 crashes? — The F-15s are so old they were supposed to have been replaced years ago. The one that crashed rolled off the assembly line when the pilot who was flying it, was in grade school.

    The B-52s rolled off the assembly line when John F Kennedy was president. The KC-135 refueling tankers rolled off the assembly line when Eisenhower was president. The F-15s were concieved when Nixon was in office.

    Most of the fighter fleet is on flight restrictions right now so they don’t exceed the G limits and come apart in midair.

    Air Force acquisition has been ignored for 25 years while they have been actively deployed all over the world.

    Yeah… They’re definitely milking us… the bastards…

  5. [...] Hot on the heels of February’s B-2 bomber crash on Guam, a USAF B-1 bomber has crashed at an air base in Qatar, most likely Al Udeid,the A.P. reports: “A B-1 crashed. We’re investigating,” the official said. There’s no word on the crew. [...]

  6. [...] What caused February’s $2.5-billion B-2 bomber crash? The Air Force Association’s Daily Report has the answer: Water intrusion in air-data sensors is being pegged as the cause of the B-2 bomber crash during takeoff Feb. 23 from Andersen AFB, Guam, according to a top Air Force official. The skin-flush sensors, which collect information about air pressure and density, much like a pitot tube on a conventional aircraft, provide angle-of-attack and yaw data to the B-2’s computerized flight control system. After heavy, lashing rains, water got into the sensors and caused them to give faulty readings to the flight control system, the official said. As a result, the aircraft’s computers determined–based on the bogus data–that the aircraft was in an improper attitude and corrected automatically. The B-2 made a sudden pitch-up and yaw that was not commanded by the pilot. The aircraft quickly stalled, became unrecoverable, and the crew of two ejected. The aircraft was a total loss. The crash led to a 53-day safety pause during which there were no B-2 flights. Air Combat Command has already made adjustments to the flight control systems to prevent further accidents and is looking at ways to seal the sensors better. A full accident investigation report is expected soon. No Comments so far Leave a comment RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI Leave a comment Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> [...]

  7. MAC says:

    secret weapons,invading other countries,brutal police force well thats the usa today, but it sounds like pre ww2 Germany as well.

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