Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BFISA, May 15, 2007.
A testament to front landing gear designers
World's tallest bungy
B-2 crashed because moisture confused sensors
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 5, 2008 17:41:22 EDT
The most expensive crash in Air Force history — the $1.4 billion loss of a B-2 Spirit bomber Feb. 23 — was caused by water clogging aircraft sensors, according to an Air Combat Command report issued Thursday.
Moisture in three of the 24 sensors that feed information into the bomber’s computer system caused the sensors to send bad information about the plane’s speed and altitude, and how far up or down the bomber’s nose was pointed.
As the jet took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the onboard computer thought the B-2 was pointed downward, causing the nose to jerk suddenly upward.
The two pilots couldn’t regain control of the bomber and as the left wing struck the runway, the pilots safely ejected.
The investigation didn’t fault the performance of pilots Maj. Ryan Link and Capt. Justin Grieve, both assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The report also cleared maintainers of any missteps.
Maintainers were aware that high humidity on Guam could result in sensors clogging up with water but thought the sensor problems were solved prior to takeoff. Also, the pilots saw no avionics readings that would have led to aborting the takeoff.
Remote Controlled B-29
Wanna get away?? :icon_eek:
Flight of a Peregrine Falcon
Too cool. Takes awhile to load, but then move your cursor and it's like flying over the mountains....all from the safety of the couch:
Purple Heart Aircraft
Parachute accident averted
Wow, that's courage.
Can someone please tell me why a person would want to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft? :no:
When I completed Jump School in May '69, it meant an extra $55 a month, which was great $$$ back then :icon_eek:
But really, freefall or skydiving is closest man comes to actually flying like a bird; for guys like me, that's the ultimate high!! :yes:
Hot off the press-B-52 crash
Then there are times like this-
Nothing like the sight of Old Glory. That was a huge flag.
I'm still not convinced about the skydiving. It might be the closest thing to flying, but if God wanted us to fly he would of gave us wings. :lol:
Going to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform in Cheyenne tomorrow.
Thunderbirds are a great show, although I like the Blue Angels as well
Welcome back, Bro!!
Rep coming your way tomorrow!! :icon_toast:
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F-16 Dead Stick Landing
STOL - Short Take Off and Landing
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