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Old 06-07-2008, 10:26 PM
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Re: First B2 Stealth Crash

Funny thing about big money aviation. Most of the Techs that work on them know of problems and issues that they are well aware how to correct, but engineeers in various departments generally refuse to listen to the operators and Techs when it comes to real working solutions. The engineeers go to the think tanks for the next year or better in an attempt to come up with a new wonder design that will get their name added to some important "design contributors list" somewhere and perhaps even address the orignal problem.

In the mean time none of the known fixes get approved, the information that would make everything safer is held in check because it's not an "approved" procedure, and airframes and people are lost. The scenario above is much more prevalent than you could ever imagine.

Looked to me like the flight crew did everything right. Glad they had such a good low altitude ejection system.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:34 PM
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It was a Carbon Footprint
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:34 PM
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Re: First B2 Stealth Crash

I found out the hard way, too! Hitec servos and Duralite Powerboxes just don't mix. They should have used JR servos, or used Hitecs with a Smartfly power expander. Guess the Air Force will be switching to Smartfly!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:24 PM
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Like all the libs say, it was George Bush's fault.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:43 PM
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Wow! I read about the stall warnings of flying wings, but this sucks. Looks like the pilots really tried to save it, but just couldn't get it done.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:15 PM
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Come on... it was in Guam... I don't think the US Laws, (like those of electronics and physics) are applicable in Guam!
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:58 PM
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I just found newly released cockpit transcripts of the crash:

Tower- "Eagle 2, you are clear for take off and rendezvous with Eagle 1"
Pilot- "Roger tower, Eagle 2 ready for takeoff. Rolling out."
Co-Pilot- "Systems check, throttles to full, monitoring stats... wait, the computer is acting up. I'll reset."
Pilot- "What does it say?"
Co-Pilot- "I don't recognize the comand prompt. It says- Snap-a-saurus Badass"
Pilot- "Why the bleep is it trying to do that"
Co-Pilot- "I'm trying to reprogram..."
Pilot- "I'm trying to hold her off... it's just not responding"
Co-Pilot "Aren't you capable of a Snap-a-saurus!?"
Pilot- "I've only heard rumors of it in training but we are not suppose to do one according to protocol"
Co-Pilot- "I'm getting the heck out of here, later..."
background noise- whoooooosh
Pilot- "Wait for me!!!"



In all seriousness I'm glad the pilots got out ok. It is a serious bummer that 1.4 billion clams just took a dirt nap but the pilots did their duty well and came home to their families ok with one heck of a story to tell.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:08 PM
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Re: First B2 Stealth Crash

Troy,
Good write-up on the cockpit tapes! Glad these guys got out okay and will live to tell about it. First and last to punch out of a B-2!!!
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:22 AM
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It's always the maintainers fault.......
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:47 PM
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It's always the maintainers fault.......
The military is no exception to the rule........you get what you pay for.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:44 AM
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I wonder how the clean up is going. Some interesting materials there...
Not necessarily health friendly either.
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