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B-2 Crash on Guam

#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
 
#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!
 
#15
SmithsRail said:
Bloody fcuking hellfire. £1.2 Billion Pounds. Don't even get me start on when Britain could get with that.
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.
 
#19
Some questions:-

Is the $1.2bn just the cost of labour and materials to build each plane or does it include a share of the presumably massive R&D costs too?

I believe they fly up to 40 hour missions from the United States. Do they have multiple pilots and crew bunks like a commercial airliner for long flights? If not, how do the crew stay awake for 40 hours?

Sources inform me that the plane has a toilet aboard. Does it have one of those 'Return to your seat and fasten seat belt' signs that light up at the most inconvenient moments?
 
#20
Ancient_Mariner said:
Some questions:-

Is the $1.2bn just the cost of labour and materials to build each plane or does it include a share of the presumably massive R&D costs too?

I believe they fly up to 40 hour missions from the United States. Do they have multiple pilots and crew bunks like a commercial airliner for long flights? If not, how do the crew stay awake for 40 hours?

Sources inform me that the plane has a toilet aboard. Does it have one of those 'Return to your seat and fasten seat belt' signs that light up at the most inconvenient moments?
It included the cost of R and D. The unit cost of each aircraft went up substantially when they realised the Soviets were being unsporting and had ended the cold war. Originally I think they were going to buy something like 130.

They are fitted so they can be modified to carry 3 crew (I gather there is a bit of the fuselage that fire a bang seat through it) though as far as Im aware they on ever have 2. I dont know about spare crewmembers, they would have a difficulty getting out in an emergency. Unless they sat on the navigators lap..... How do they keep awake, well Im assuming it was large amounts of coke and amphetamines.

Probably, though you know damn well if it was the RAF they would be lucky to end up with an Elsen bucket. I gather that was a problem with the Hercules, the toilets in RAF ones used to leak spectacularly, and led apparently to some bad corrosion problems. Course as this is made out of composite materials, I assume there is no limitation on piddle up the wall contests.
 

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