B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Crash, Guam (in Pictures)

b 2 spirit crash  B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Crash, Guam (in Pictures)(Image: Federal Aviation Administration, public domain)

Our previous article Secret US Planes that Remained Largely Intact after Crashing included the remains of this B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, named Spirit of Kansas, that crashed within the confines of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on February 23, 2008.  These grainy images, taken from a security camera, track the massive flying wing’s last takeoff roll and ultimate demise, at a cost of $1.4 billion to the US taxpayer.

b 2 spirit crash guam 2  B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Crash, Guam (in Pictures)(Image: U.S. Air Force security camera via YouTube)

Above, the B-2, serial number 89-0127, begins its takeoff roll.  Below, Spirit of Kansas pitches up violently immediately after liftoff before leveling out.  Then, just feet above the ground, the jet drifts uncontrollably to port as the wing comes perilously close to the runway.  As the wing impacts the dirt, both crew members eject safely before the Stealth Bomber cartwheels into the ground.

(Image: U.S. Air Force security camera via YouTube)

The B-2 fleet was later grounded for 53 days pending the outcome of the crash investigation.  The cause of the accident was determined to be moisture in the port transducer units that distorted the information being sent to the aircraft’s air data system.  As a result, the flight control computers calculated an incorrect air speed, causing the B-2’s nose to pitch up 30 degrees.  From that point, the bomber became uncontrollable and the pilots had little choice but to bail out.  Incredibly, nobody was seriously hurt in the accident.

Be sure to check out these crashed American stealth aircraft that remained largely intact.