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B-2 flies again nearly 4 years after fire

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When you've Only Got 20 B-2 Bombers, keeping all of them flying becomes important. When one of a B-2 bomber’s four engines caught fire during what the Air Force called a “routine” engine start while on the ground at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base in February 2010, the service said it was no big deal. (swampland.time.com) और अधिक...

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joelwiley
joel wiley 5
Pardon my initial impression. I first thought the photo at the bottom was the aircraft in question with 'minor damage'. Glad to hear its flying again.
ROFL
zcolescott
Zachary Colescott 3
I thought the same thing. Had to read the caption a couple of times.
greglinton13
Greg L 1
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
Awwww...little duct tape and some paint - that one will be good as new
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
I can hear them now at the rental return desk "It's just a tiny scratch, and it was there when I rented it!"
tiptank
tiptank 1
Oh please. Everyone knows that you wouldn't use duct tape on a Stealth Bomber.

Speed Tape! lol
Musketeer1
Musketeer1 1
I never bothered to learn, I always thought they only had 2 engines.
avihais
Martin Haisman 1
1944 Engine failure/fire in H IX V2 flying wing downed aeroplane. 1954 de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes over sea. Limited investigation techniques can not rule out engine failure (Attributed to decompression - but how?). Northrop-Grumman-Boeing B2 engine fire damage. All three engines in the wings. Awesome aeroplanes and fantastic engineering but increased risk in event of engine failure. B2 downed on take-off too 2 billon tax dollars up in smoke. I wonder what the cost was to rebuild it to flying condition?
CricketDOP
Cricket DOP -2
Why would you rebuild? The technology is soon becoming obsolete. Pilotless drones are the true wave of the future.
oowmmr
oowmmr 1
What an important plane. I stood next to one at Edwards years ago, it was behind the rope, its not as big as I thought. In the future flying wing airliners will grace the sky's. Wings Rule!
eater1952
Kent Thompson 1
Four years to fix a war plane. That's cool.
gretnabear
gretnabear 1
some background 'Program office brings home 'wounded warrior'
Posted 8/23/2011 Updated 8/24/2011
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123269146
CricketDOP
Cricket DOP 0
Unbelievable. What has this country come to? Revealing the actual numbers of these jets that should ONLY FLY AT NIGHT should still be classified!
avihais
Martin Haisman 1
The US has always trumpeted successes and there is always someone leaking something. The first concept/development B2 in 1979 showed prototypes being built (Somewhere in my overdose of files I have a pic). It is a pity that there are a only few that take their secrets to the grave. On such example was a neighbour of my fathers who worked on Convair B36 bombers as an engineer, and a courier to the Pentagon. He never told anything beyond standard operations and pressed several times never said a word. Brian was an excellent example, nice guy and family man. He was also a New Zealander and maybe why he got the job.
CricketDOP
Cricket DOP 0
U2/TR1 & SR71 ceilings are still classified along with SR REDLINE.

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