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B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing  
User currently offlineEgronenthal From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 14994 times:

Found this item this morning on Air Force Times:

http://www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1762951.php

B-1 makes hard landing

By Bruce Rolfsen

A B-1B Lancer made a wheels-up belly landing at Diego Garcia Monday, skidding down the runway for 7,500 feet, according to Air Force reports. The four-person aircrew escaped from the plane. The B-1B was home based with the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

The 20-year-old bomber was landing at Diego Garcia, a remote base in the Indian Ocean, at the end of a ferry mission that started at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The Air Force won’t say why the crew landed the plane with its landing gear retracted.

During the landing, the B-1B caught fire and emergency crews extinguished the flames.

Because damage estimates are more than $1 million, separate Air Force accident and safety investigation boards will look for the cause of the accident.

Production of the supersonic bombers ended in the mid-1980s. With inflation taken into account, today the planes would cost more than $283 million each.


Ouch! That's gotta hurt! And since the airplane will rest on its engine nacelles with the landing gear retracted, I bet on major damage! Maybe even an airframe write-off!

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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14974 times:

I hope they are able to get the airframe back in the air or at least if nonetheless take one out of storage so as to replace it.

User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14890 times:

That would be a Bone out of my friend's unit. He is a WSSO and they left for Diego Garcia just this last weekend. I will have to shoot him an email and find out what went down. At least what he might be able to say.

User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14769 times:

Oh no! there only a small number of these planes in the world. It saded me to hear one of these beautyful jet was damage.

User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14769 times:

Firstly I am glad the crew is alright, I hope the airframe is not a writeoff, but a belly landing and 7500ft skid would probably mean that it is. I am sure the resourceful ground crew will scavange any spare parts it needs. The fact the crew made it out alright should say something about thier skills in flying the bird and its design being able to hold up to that kind of skid on its engines without exploding outright.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12178 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14610 times:

Fortunately, the simi-retired 35 B-1Bs a few years ago to DM. Almost all are in flyable storage, but a few are parts hulks. So, if this Bone is a write off, it can be replaced.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14541 times:

I'm just wondering how the crew got out. I only know of the aft of nosegear exit and if they were totally belly up wouldn't that have prohibited it from opening? Please correct me, I know I gotta be wrong on this one.

User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14506 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
I'm just wondering how the crew got out.

I do believe the Crew can open the ejection hatches over head the cabin for escape,then climb down on a rope ladder. The B-52 has a similar procedure as in a belly landing the crew door would also be out of commission.


501SP



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14332 times:

Quoting Citation501SP (Reply 7):
ejection hatches over head the cabin for escape

I wasn't sure about this. Thanks  Smile


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 13434 times:

ouch . .



User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12178 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13434 times:

Thanks for the picture, Keesje. I have not scene any pics of the airplane, yet.

User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13386 times:

The picture appeared in Flight International. Here is a link to the story:
http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ding+gear+failure+B-1+cleared.html
I worked on the island for two years. OPSEC must have loosened up; not sure who would have e-mailed the photo to the magazine.

Anyway, it sounds like they may be able to fly it off the island....

Quote:
As the backbone of the supersonic bomber was not damaged in the landing, the decision to move the aircraft and attempt a repair was taken.


[Edited 2006-05-30 01:39:24]


"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 13334 times:

More pics:

http://www.gunships.net/DSCF0008.JPG
http://www.gunships.net/DSCF0002.JPG



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13328 times:

Speaks very well for the strength of that airframe that they're going to even try to re-fly it.

I'd also commend the crew for keeping it level and landing effectively with gear failure.



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User currently offlinePhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13292 times:

when i read the story about it in Flight Global they had to have a crane disassembled and reassembled at the scene heck of alot of work for that plane. But in the end im sure its worth it, especially since the plane crashed and is being repaired back to fly...

heres the link...

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ding+gear+failure+B-1+cleared.html



**Isaac**
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 13165 times:

Looking at the pics, I'd be suprised if the damage is *that* great. I'd be more suprised if it were a w/o. Looks like they greased it in on the engine nacelles, which are replacable along with the engines themselves. Heck, if they shut them down, they may not even be damaged. Nose came down after airspeed decreased, nice and gently (no buckled fuselage). The tarp in the 3rd photo is there to cover the open escape hatch, not to conceal damage.

From the sounds of it, they could lift it with the crane, drop and lock the gear, then tow her off the runway.



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