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B1 Lifted Off Runway At Diego Garcia (Pics)  
User currently offlineSpruit From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7419 times:

Appologies of this has been posted before. I searched but didn't find anything!

In early May flightglobal.com reported on the US Air Force Rockwell B-1B strategic bomber that closed the runway of an Indian Ocean US military base for three days after a wheels-up landing.

Pics at

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...wheels-up+landing+forced+base.html

Cheers,

Spru!


E=Mc2
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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7364 times:

I hope that puppy can be salvaged - we need more B-1's not less! Are there any Peacemakers left to salvage?!  Smile

User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7356 times:

That bird is actually one from my friend's squadron. He said that the damage actually isn't as bad at they first thought and that the bird should be salvegable.

User currently offlineSpruit From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7353 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
Are there any Peacemakers left to salvage?!

A posting in the original incident topic states there are some in storage!

B-1B Makes Wheels Up Landing

I didn't think all the debris falling from the forward gear doors boded well for this airframe!



E=Mc2
User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7135 times:

I didn't see any skin panel buckling or anything to indicate the airframe was damaged. Looks like she was put down gently as possible and got some paint scraped off.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7109 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):



Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
He said that the damage actually isn't as bad at they first thought and that the bird should be salvegable.

Salvageable yes, but I still wonder if it wouldn't be easier to trade that airframe out with one that is schedualed to go to the desert.

Quoting Spruit (Reply 3):
I didn't think all the debris falling from the forward gear doors boded well for this airframe!

I was surprised to see that dust cloud to....must have picked up concrete dust during the slide.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6928 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 5):
Salvageable yes, but I still wonder if it wouldn't be easier to trade that airframe out with one that is schedualed to go to the desert.

Even though this damage is easily repairable, it may be a lot cheaper to scrap her and re constitute one of the desert storage Bones.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 5):
I was surprised to see that dust cloud to....must have picked up concrete dust during the slide.

That is not a good sign for an airplane that is thought not to have a lot of damage. Those chuncks of concrete, and concrete dust would have gone through bulkheads, and strong structures. Concrete dust is highly corrosive, esspecially to engines, and all four inlets must be full of this stuff. Does anyone know if the engines were shut down on landing, in an attempt to reduce damage to them?

My guess is it won't take long to decide to scrap her in place, and salvage all useable parts.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6915 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):
My guess is it won't take long to decide to scrap her in place, and salvage all useable parts

They might not do that either.

They may just put it together enough for a ferry flight and then fly her to DM.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6857 times:

Amazing Pics.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 746 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

Fantastic pictures. Good to see the 'Bone' back on her wheels.

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