posted on Mar, 11 2008 @ 08:08 AM
ARTs are a potential problem but I've seen too many bad ARTs to think that they would cause this. There are 4 flight control computers working on a
voting system that control the ARTs. If 1 or 2 computers fail (or even 3) the system votes, determines which one's to ignor and continues operation.
Very reliable so I don't think there was a computer problem. If I were to render an educated guess, something structural near the GLAS or the GLAS
itself (gust load aleviation system) broke causing the aircraft to rapidly pitch up just as the aircraft rotated, air speed was lost, and the aircraft
didn't have enough altitude to recover. B-2s have deactivated flaps near the GLAS that are bolted shut. It's possible that one broke free.