KC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7080 times:
Definitely not a good thing for the Air Force! Those are high value, low density assets that are most certainly not replaceable. I'll be interested to read the crash investigation... still waiting to hear about the KC-135 crash, by the way.
Their long range gives them great loiter time, high speed allows for rapid movement to the required location and large conventional weapon load provided a wide range of weapons to be carried, ensuring the right sized weapon was used on the right target.
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 3002 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6577 times:
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Quoting Ozair (Reply 4): Their long range gives them great loiter time, high speed allows for rapid movement to the required location and large conventional weapon load provided a wide range of weapons to be carried, ensuring the right sized weapon was used on the right target.
Very interesting information! I appreciate you sharing that. You just never seem to hear about anything but the B-2 in every day news.
Quoting RushmoreAir (Reply 5): Now they have an image of the crash site. It's completely disintegrated - I can't even tell that it's an aircraft.
Oh my goodness! There is nothing left. At least the crew is safe.
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135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 416 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6200 times:
We here at Ellsworth are incredibly grateful that the crew only suffered minor injuries!!! Like someone mentioned it looks similar to the Bagram crash, but fortunately we did not have any fatalities.
We (the general public) here at the base still have no details of the cause yet, but it was only in the air a short time before impact and still had most of it's fuel on board...so that would explain the lack of remains.
If we get authorized to devulge more info I will pass it on.
Interestingly, even though it looks like nothing but a pile of ashes, in the one photo you can barely see the outline of the aircraft. It almost appears as though she belly-flopped onto the ground instead of hitting nose first or even cartwheeling.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5322 times:
Quoting redflyer (Reply 13): Didn't one of those 1A's crash back in the late 80's during testing?
Yes - Aug 29, 1984 - during minimum control speed tests at low altitude - apparently stalled. When the escape capsule deployed - the chutes came out improperly and Rockwell's test pilot was killed as the capsule hit the ground nose down.
The last B-1A and all the B-1B aircraft have four ejection seats, the escape capsule was dropped from the design.