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Posted: 12/12/2001 9:39:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2001 9:32:06 AM EDT by Santyth]
[url]http://www.cnn.com/[/url] Word is that rescue teams have been in voice contact with at least one survivor, so one if not all four crew are still alive. USS Russel is one hour away, heading full speed to the area.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 9:54:58 AM EDT
And the Navy is on the way to get them.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 10:09:10 AM EDT
How or why did it go down? I didn't see that in the article anywhere.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 10:13:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Guardian: How or why did it go down? I didn't see that in the article anywhere.
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Most likely mechanical failure. But I think it would be difficult for that to be confirmed before debriefing the crew or recovering data recorders and examining the wreckage, if possible.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 10:18:53 AM EDT
I don't have a lot of technical knowledge about the B1B. Is there a way for the crew to bail out? I don't believe that they have conventional ejection seats, do they?
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:08:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:10:37 AM EDT
There goes $200+ million of our tax dollars!
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:22:30 AM EDT
The B!B has ejection seats. If I remember right the B1B has the same ejection seats as the F15 and F16. It has been a long time and my memory is fuzzy so i may be wrong on that part. USAF 83-87
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:39:28 AM EDT
The four crew members were in "good condition" after being taken aboard the American naval destroyer USS Russell.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:44:24 AM EDT
Good to hear they're recovered. Hey-Grin....$200 mil is just a drop in the bucket in what we're really spending there each day!
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:46:15 AM EDT
I may be wrong but I thought the B1B has a system similar to the FB-111 where the entire crew compartment ejects.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:50:09 AM EDT
The B1A had a crew capsule which was used unsuccessfully only once. There were no survivors in a crash during testing at Edwards if I recall correctly. The B1B has four individual ejection seats.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:50:58 AM EDT
Why has it been so hard to work out these problems with those engines? They're too close together, IMHO...too hard to contain a fan blade from penetrating the other engine nacelle.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 11:55:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JIMBEAM: I may be wrong but I thought the B1B has a system similar to the FB-111 where the entire crew compartment ejects.
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No that was the B1A B1B went back to ejector seats when the mission was changed to low altitude penetration because the F-111 actually had poorer crew death and injury rates than craft with conventional ejector seats in actual service. Actual service involved low altitude flying using the terrain following radar. The pod was too massive to slow down when ejected at low altitude, as it was also more expensive than the normal ejector seats this led to the whole concept being rejected. No one has tried it again, which is a shame. Theoretically it IS better than ejector seats.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 12:01:47 PM EDT
next al-queda will claim they shot it down with a sea gull.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 3:02:29 PM EDT
I stand corrected.
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