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Don Ward, flight control avionics equipment specialist, initiated an investigation into how best to repair the actuator remote terminal line replacement units.
A team of engineers from Tinker traveled to Whiteman AFB, Mo., to provide on-the-spot training of ART repair.
The team worked on a compacted schedule around operational mission requirements to accomplish a solution. The sensitive actuator remote terminal has to be set down on a solid granite surface for repairs to ensure leveling.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
One pilot is reporting a fire, followed immediately by a loss of control. They rolled right, and that's when they ejected. The aircraft impacted between the taxiway and runway.
"One word: Fearless," said Senior Master Sgt. Richard Lien, Andersen's deputy fire chief.
When the call came in at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 that a B-2 Spirit had crashed on the flight line, 44 Andersen firefighters put emotions aside and relied on their extensive training to fight the fuel-intensified fire.
The multi-functional bomber, without munitions but completely full of jet fuel for a direct flight back to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., produced a 500-foot plume of smoke and about 2,000 degrees of intense heat, firefighters estimated.
"Military and civilian fire fighters were out there, 30 feet from 2,000 degree heat, putting their lives on the line to save one of the greatest treasures of the U.S.," said John Thompson, Andersen's fire chief. "Emotions were running high, but by the time the phone rang to the time the fire fighters were spraying water on the aircraft was less than five minutes."
The Andersen fire department is able to respond to a variety of aircraft in an emergency situation quickly and efficiently thanks to continuous training, including instruction specific to the B-2.
"Your mind becomes overwhelmed with the scene, but you are going through the motions because your fire fighting button has kicked in and you fall back on the training that you've received," Chief Thompson said. "We have done extensive hands-on and classroom training in advance concerning the B-2 and knew exactly where to position trucks because of where the hazards were, like possible munitions, where the fuel was and the ejection seats."
Initial findings by the investigative team are not expected to be released for at least 30 days.....
The USAF lists the pre-inflation price of a single B-2 as $1.16 billion, making the event arguably the most expensive aircraft mishap in history......
Concerns about onboard safety issues appeared in the public domain as far back as 1990, when the US government accused Northrop of illegally supplying a faulty component in the flight-control system known as the actuator remote terminal. The USAF also continues to invest in structural upgrades to repair severe cracking in the B-2's aft fuselage.
Also, the air force warns in its latest budget request that the bomber engine's stage 1 fan blades "exhibit high levels of stress due to the inlet distortion". A combination of the distorted inlet and a foreign object damage event "could result in the loss of an airfoil and a catastrophic in-flight emergency", it says.
Originally posted by hawk123
On another hand the B2 are not the "real ones". The machine that are shown to people are nothing but delusions. The "real B2" fly only by night.
I have seen this myself. On each wing there were 2 green plasma corona 's.
It had definitely a Northropp cokpit, and is a typical flying wing model.
Within 5 seconds it disappeared behind the horizon.
Bombing assignments have been enacted in Europe and Afghanistan, the latter being mentioned as subsonic 40 hour flights, necessitating six in-flight refuellings, most of which took place over Russia which the planes had to cross. Considering the vulnerability of a plane while refuelling, who would be gullible enough to believe such a version ? Notice also that the B2's which are shown have no bunk of any kind to allow crew members to take some rest. Could any pilot remain seated for forty hours on an ejector seat ?
I talk about all that in my book and