B-2 Fleet Grounded Following Emergency Landing Written 20 December 2022


A B-2 in formation flight with eight U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. | Credit: Jordon R. Beesley, USN; Wikipedia; Public Domain

The AP reports that the Air Force “has grounded its entire fleet of B-2 stealth bombers following an emergency landing and fire earlier this month, and none of the strategic aircraft will perform flyovers at this years’ college bowl games.” A bomber experienced “an in-flight malfunction on Dec. 10, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, where it caught fire.” The standdown is “significant in that there are fewer than 20 stealth bombers in the entire fleet and the aircraft provides, along with the B-52 Stratofortress, the air leg of the nation’s nuclear triad.” The B-2 “has been regularly deployed to the Indo-Pacific and more recently to Europe as a show of force.” During the standdown “the entire fleet will be inspected, 509th Bomb Wing spokeswoman Air Force Master Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio said.”
Full Story (Associated Press)