B-2 Crash on Guam

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  1. http://www.kuam.com/news/26596.aspx

    KUAM News has learned that a B-2 stealth bomber crashed at Andersen Air Force Base this morning. The incident happened at around 10:45am Saturday, as information we've gathered so far indicates that a lead B-2 aircraft took off and became safely airborne, but when minutes later a second bomber took off for reasons that are unknown at this point, that aircraft crashed.

    However, at least two pilots were ejected before the plane hit. Their conditions are unknown at this time. AAFB public affairs officials have not been able to be reached for comment on the matter.

    Meanwhile, Yigo residents have reported that they've seen large plumes of black smoke coming from the nearby military base. Additionally, according to Guam Fire Department Angel Llagas, a large explosion was also reported to the island's 911 service this morning, and two units responded to the area.

    This is the second military aircraft that has crashed in the last 11 days. On February 12 a Navy Ea-6b Prowler attached to the U.S.S. Kittyhawk strike group went down about 20 miles to the north of AAFB. All four of the pilots in that incident were released from the hospital with minor injuries.

    Some facts about the B-2 Spirit Bomber:

    - Assigned to 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron
    - Homebased out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri
    - Deployed to Guam as part of continuous bomber presence in Asia-Pacific region
    - Primary function: Multi-role heavy bomber
    - Armament: Conventional/nuclear weapons
    - Payload: 40,000 lbs.
    - Crew: Two pilots
    - Unit cost: Approximately $1.2 billion
  2. Bloody fcuking hellfire. £1.2 Billion Pounds. Don't even get me start on when Britain could get with that.
  3. Pilots are reported to be ok.
  4. Good to hear the crew are OK.
    £1.2 Billion Pounds ! Fudge don't tell King George he'll ask if it's more that a Brazillion.
  5. 1.2 Billion seems a bit much, sounds like an insurance job to me :)
  6. Dollars, it is ONLY 1.2 billion DOLLARS! so that is OK :roll:
  7. Fund 120,000 chav families for a year?
  8. Surely Gentlemen the question has to be........

    When the stealth bomber crashed did it make a noise?


    Could resist it
  9. As you can't see it how are they going to find the wreckage..
  10. thick black smoke from big hole in the ground is usually a bit of a giveaway
  11. Come on admit it it must have been a nightmare for air traffic control, two stealth bombers taking off... how do you vector them on your radar?

    mind you at 10.45 on a saturday morning one would assume that somebody must have seen them!
  12. does the pilot have to get its value docked from his wages?
  13. Yep, mind you at a max of 33% he will still be paying from his pension!
  14. Wonder who signed for it :? Glad pilots made it out bet they will be wishing they had stayed with the plane over the next few days .
  15. Actually that's only $1.2 billion (US dollars) so it's not that bad, checking the exchange rate that works out as £610,188,000 exactly. But yeah, certainly puts what our government is willing to pay to fund the armed forces into perspective.