B2 bomber crashes


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updated 12:54 a.m. ET, Sat., Feb. 23, 2008
HAGATNA, Guam - A B-2 stealth bomber crashed Saturday at an air base on Guam, but both pilots ejected safely and were in good condition, the Air Force said.

It was the first crash of a B-2 bomber, said Capt. Sheila Johnston, a spokeswoman for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing from the wreckage at Andersen Air Force Base, said Jeanne Ward, a resident in the northern village of Yigo who was on the base visiting her husband.

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Ward said she didn't witness the crash but noticed a rising plume of smoke behind the base's air control tower.

She said crowds began to gather as emergency vehicles arrived. "Everybody was on their cell phones, and the first thing everyone wanted to know was did the pilots make it out in time," she said.

A board of officers will investigate the accident.

Each B-2 bomber costs about $1.2 billion to build. All 21 stealth bombers are based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, but the Air Force has been rotating several of them through Guam since 2004, along with B-1 and B-52 bombers.

The rotations are designed to boost the U.S. security presence in the Asia-Pacific region while other U.S. forces diverted to fight in the Middle East.

The B-2 was first publicly displayed in 1988 and took its first flight a year later. The first bomber was delivered to Whiteman in 1993.

The accident occurred 11 days after a Navy plane crashed into the ocean about 20 miles northeast of Guam's Ritidian Point. Four aircrew members ejected from the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft and were rescued by helicopter.

Guam is a U.S. territory 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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Yeah, just saw that on the news. I'd like to know what brought it down.
Our bases in Guam are coming under disrepair and the most advanced plane in the air force is having technical difficulties and we're scrapping $2 billion because of no cash for repairs?

I wonder where our cash is?
I am going with bird strike...They couldn't see the plane :)

How the hell do you explain crashing a BILLION dollar aircraft...you go right to scrubbing pots


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I bet it going to be because some flap or engine setting wasn't right because the computer that runs that shit fucked up with windows 95 blue screen of death.
Well, it's only a $1,200,000,000 airplane. They will have another one in no time:action-sm

With a billion dollars you could spend $1,000,000 every day and not run out of money before you die. It's a ridiculous amount of money
Unless my math is wrong, you do not plan on living long.
Oh wait, yeah...that's only 1,000 days :action-sm

I wasn't thinking correctly :D I guess you could only spend like $50,000 a day :action-sm I was WAAAAAAY off :D

Maybe I was thinking about having a trillion dollars... would be nice :)

Dopie Opie

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Unless my math is wrong, you do not plan on living long.
Maybe he means with interest....or maybe he is old already.....or maybe he fucks Braziian hookers without rubber......Regardless 1.2 billion at 1 million a day gives you about 5 years.....before taxes that is..
before taxes that is..

Didn't this country get created because taxes were fucking stupid?

I mean, I know the history books re-word the language, but I've heard George Washington knocked up his slaves... After listening to Jim Norton on O&A and having Bill Clinton as a president I might be inclined to think this is actually what happened.


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Better add another 1.2 billion to what the Air Force was asking.