B-2 Bomber Crashes

Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: BugsyR On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:17 am

Downsizing of the military started back in Bush Sr administration and continued into and through Clinton's admin. Reagan was build build build...God Bless him :) (Downsizing occured during Republican and Democratic administrations throughout american history). Since the end of Shield/Storm military build/downsize appears to be a roller coaster.

However, I am one that will argue the point about Bush admin weakening our military. I don't mind being called irrational :) I still haven't recieved a phone call saying "we need you back." They still have me for 6 more years.

B-52 can't do what a B-2 does.
As for bombing targets that a WWII B-17 or A-10 can...yes that happens... sometimes...it makes great video and weapon promotion to advertise to the world via our free press which is probably the best intell service for all other countries. Advertise the expensive precise weapons, make sure the whole world knows what we have and what we can do. Keep the hard missions secret (national security).
The USSR advertised their numbers in parades. We have seen the capabilities/abilities of these "numbers" in Shield/Storm, Iraq had "numbers" but those Soviet weapons were inferior to our technology (example...Scud vs. Patriot...Silkworm vs. British Sea Dart). It didn't do much good for them. I'll take our technology and high priced seriously effective weapons systems any day.

One last thing...WWII bombing was not precision bombing. In the 1940's if a innocent German child died from CARPET bombing that child was considered a dead Nazi. Today...if an Iraqi insurgent's child dies from a "misguided" laser bomb it is considered an American Military Crime!!! And naturally CNN will investigate what went wrong with that weapon and how the American Military went wrong.
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:23 pm

Here's a pic of the precurser to the B-2 (same exact wingspan....from the late 1940's early 1950s)

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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:35 pm

B-48?, Jack Northrop's original flying wing. I think his prop driven was the B-47. When the plane turned into the radar it disappeared suprising everyone, this was the trigger for stealth technology.
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: BugsyR On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:37 pm

YB-49 bomber air frame was basically the consideration for Northrup's B-2. YB-49 was a Northrup aircraft. Problem that the YB-49 had was stability especially when landing. No computer assistance basically. Concerns led to scrapping the YB-49 concept. B-2...I forget how many computers are actually onboard for navaids. Discovery had a Stealth Secrets show a couple years back...very good show.
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:18 pm

BugsyR wrote:YB-49 bomber air frame was basically the consideration for Northrup's B-2. YB-49 was a Northrup aircraft. Problem that the YB-49 had was stability especially when landing. No computer assistance basically. Concerns led to scrapping the YB-49 concept. B-2...I forget how many computers are actually onboard for navaids. Discovery had a Stealth Secrets show a couple years back...very good show.


Nailed it BusyR!! The Flying Wing was inherantly unstable & the B-2 of today only knows to "Keep the pointy end into the wind" because of today's available computer power. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't today's B-2 wingspan exact to the millimeter the same lenght as the YB49? It was originaly prop driven but then switched to jet engines. (I think Jack Northrop was one of the few civilians allowed to see the super secret B-2 when it was rolled out just b4 his death)
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: BugsyR On: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:15 am

Not sure on the exact millimeter length but yes they pushed for a clearance for Mr. Northrup so they can show him what they did with his design. Saw a B-2 fly by only twice...once at a Pocono Race and once at Oceana Air Station, Virginia Beach...all I can still say about it is...."wow!"
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: BugsyR On: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:23 am

isn't today's B-2 wingspan exact to the millimeter the same lenght as the YB49?


B-2 wingspan 52.43 meters
YB-49 wingspan 52.426 meters

I'd have to say you are absolutely correct. That's darn close to exact millimeter length for me. Cool trivia info I could use....thanks.
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Re: B-2 Bomber Crashes

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:44 pm

Unfortunatley, A B1 bomber has crashed in Qatar. No details yet available on injuries.
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