B-2 mishap evolves from ‘minor’ to ‘horrific’

From this:

B-2 in minor fire at base in Guam

Feb 26, 2010, 8:14 AM

GUAM– A B-2 bomber engine caught fire this morning at Andersen Air Force Base.

According to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, a B-2 aircraft deployed to AAFB, experienced a minor engine fire during a routine engine start about 6:50 this morning.

To this:

Program office brings home ‘wounded warrior’

by Daryl Mayer

88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

8/23/2011 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Sadly, we’ve seen too many comrades return home bearing the scars of war — enough that the term “wounded warrior” has become entrenched in the American lexicon and merits millions of hits on Google.

So when a ‘wounded warrior’ – a veteran which has stood ready to answer its country’s call — flew into Palmdale, Calif., on August 16, it could’ve passed as yet another sad and noble story.

Except that aircraft number 0332, the B-2 bomber named the “Spirit of Washington,” hadn’t received its scars in battle, but from a horrific fire in February 2010 that left it unable to fly.

H/t: Secret Projects


4 Responses to B-2 mishap evolves from ‘minor’ to ‘horrific’

  1. George Zip 26 August, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Next you’ll be telling us that some of those RW “hard landings” were actually write-offs.

  2. Obamanite 26 August, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Par for the course when it comes to the Air Force. Remember when F-35 AA-1 suffered a “minor electrical malfunction”? Well, it was nearly a year before it got back in the air and some time later a story appeared detailing how the aircraft “was nearly lost”. [I must say here that I was among those at the time who thought it was far more than just a "minor issue"]. The entire F-35 program has been beset by “minor difficulties” in all facets of the program – from technical to production to management – which has caused it to be set back by several years and several billions of dollars. Just like we have a minor budget deficit issue, I suppose, and we have a minor jobs problem.

    One shivers to think what really happened to AF-4 and its IPP. Are the airplane’s innards basically charred? Has anyone even bothered to inquire as to what the status of that airplane is? Will it become another “live-fire” article like AA-1? Will it ever even fly again? My guess is that there’s no way it was only a Class-B mishap, as initially reported.

    And let’s not even get into what the hell is going on with the F-22…

  3. K 26 August, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Now, that’s a good post right thar.

  4. Atomic Walrus 26 August, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    This may not be too surprising. It might’ve looked like a minor engine fire at first, but subsequent investigation revealed extensive damage inside the airframe. The way stealth aircraft minimize penetrations is probably going to affect the way that signs of a fire are exhibited, and maximize the resulting damage.

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