The Air Force said the first crash of a B-2 stealth bomber was caused by moisture in sensors and estimated the loss of the aircraft at $1.4 billion.I didn't know there was a video of the crash, but here it is. You'll see the lead B-2 take off first, giving you an idea of what a normal take off profile looks like. Then you'll see ill-fated #2 take the runway. The second #2 gets airborne it's obvious something is wrong, as his angle of attack is far too great, his wings are waggling in a classic stall, and he's sinking instead of climbing. Then the left wingtip drags on the ground, the bomber pulls left, the pilots eject safely, and kaboom.
The crash probably could have been avoided if knowledge of a technique to evaporate the moisture had been disseminated throughout the B-2 program, Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, who headed an accident investigation board, said Thursday.
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.
It's basically a power-on stall... in a $1.4 billion airplane.
Go ahead and check out the video. You know you're curious to see what $1.4 billion looks like when it burns. :)