Ever want to see a stealth bomber blow up?

A B-2 Spirit: Not exploding, which--I think--is what it's supposed to do.
A B-2 Spirit: Not exploding, which--I think--is what it's supposed to do.Courtesy U.S. Air Force
Yeah, I'm not that interested in seeing it either.

But if you're super bored, check out this video of a 1.4 billion dollar B-2 stealth bomber crashing and burning. The pilots, you'll notice, got out on time (in awesome ejection seats, by the way).

It crashed in February, but the video and explanation just came out:
"Water distorted preflight readings in three of the plane's 24 sensors, making the aircraft's control computer force the B-2 to pitch up on takeoff, resulting in a stall and subsequent crash."

I'm pretty sure that means a robot crashed the plane.

I wonder if there was ever a movie made about this? Just kidding--I know there was a movie made about this.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bert123's picture
bert123 says:

wow thats a good way to waste 1.4 billion dollars. if they would run ruitine inspections on them then im sure the sensors wouldnt have malfunctioned.
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 1:22pm
DO's picture
DO says:

The shape of the plane makes it "stealthy" but it also makes it unf1lyable by pilots without many many constant adjustments -- more than a pilot can handle! The computer has to do most of the work and the margin for error is very small.

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 2:45pm

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