Want to see more than a billion dollars go up in smoke? How about from 2 different angles? Read on...
The second plane in this video, a B-2 bomber operated by the US Air Force went boom on takeoff in Guam. Apparently the air data computers got a little confused as to the difference between up and down.
Apparently the crew didn't turn on the pitot heat before calibrating their air data computers, and moisture in the units made the computers chuck a fit, sending the plan into the ground. The crew both ejected and lived, though the f/o suffered a spinal compression fracture, which I'm sure isn't much fun.
Nothing $1.2 billion more won't fix.
That same amount would provide $50,000 university scholarships to 24,000 people. It seems like an incredible waste of money for a single airplane, but I guess I just have my priorities wrong.
The video is a bit jerky and annoying, but it's certainly interesting viewing.
Here's a second angle that cuts out right as the wing hits the ground...
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