Thursday, 17 July 2008

February B-2 Stealth Bomber Crash Scene Photos

After taking you inside the Air Force’s investigation into the crash of a B-2 stealth bomber, PopularMechanics.com has obtained the first still photos of the February accident—and they’re pretty stunning. With last month’s technical report detailing the demise of the Spirit of Kansas came footage from security cameras at Andersen Air Force base in Guam.

Officials also snapped—but, until now, did not release—still photos of that crash site. In the pictures, firefighters work in silvery suits and crash teams cautiously approach the empty ejection seats, which use explosive charges to gain distance from a foundering airplane. Both pilots were able to eject safely through panels in the airplane’s cockpit roof. The white spray seen in the photos is fire suppression foam.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4273248.html

The photos are excellent, and so is the video:

(3:12)

At 1.4 Billion Dollars per aircraft, the repair bill is gonna be killer. If they cannot fix it they can take it to the chop shop and use it for parts ...

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 17th, 2008.]

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