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B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 12:49 am

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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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 1:15 am

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.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 4:20 am

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.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 8:24 am

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.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 8:26 am

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.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 6:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Thu May 11, 2006 11:22 pm

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.
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Fri May 12, 2006 12:49 am

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.


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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Fri May 12, 2006 12:26 pm

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

I wasn't sure about this. Thanks  Smile
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 12:13 am

ouch . .

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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 2:41 am

Thanks for the picture, Keesje. I have not scene any pics of the airplane, yet.
 
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 8:37 am

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.


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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 10:50 am

More pics:

http://www.gunships.net/DSCF0008.JPG
http://www.gunships.net/DSCF0002.JPG
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 11:02 am

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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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 12:30 pm

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
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RE: B-1B Makes Wheels-Up Landing

Tue May 30, 2006 9:42 pm

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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