CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1989 |
A B-52 bomber landed safely Monday after a control flap fell off a wing after takeoff for a training flight, the Air Force said. The 3-by-9-foot inboard flap was recovered in a field about five miles from the base and was being studied by experts from the Air Force and the manufacturer, the Boeing Co. There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident. Staff Sgt. Brad Kadrich, a base spokesman, said there were 10 people aboard the plane.
January 23, 1986
An unarmed U.S. cruise missile launched from a B-52 bomber made a 1,500-mile test flight over northwestern Canada, but it landed five minutes earlier than planned, falling into a woods 10 miles off target, Canadian military officials said. They said it was not known whether the missile's parachute had opened. The test, one of several permitted under a U.S.-Canadian defense pact, was held to evaluate the missile's ability to hug terrain similar to parts of the Soviet Union.
July 26, 2008 |
Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service at Anderson Air Force Base for the six crew members of a B-52 bomber that plunged into the Pacific on Monday. The six officers killed were: Maj. Christopher M. Cooper, 33; Maj. Brent D. Williams, 37; Capt. Michael K. Dodson, 31; 1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd, 25; 1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren, 32; and Col. George Martin, 51. They were based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
May 30, 1997 |
Lt. Kelly J. Flinn, the first female B-52 bomber pilot, left the Air Force and officially rejoined civilian life when her general discharge went into effect, spokesmen said. Flinn, 26 and single, received the discharge from the Air Force to avoid being court-martialed on charges that included adultery, lying during an official investigation and disobeying a direct order. Flinn's discharge went into effect at midnight, said Capt. Chester Curtis at Minot Air Force Base.
July 21, 2008 |
The Air Force says a B-52 bomber carrying six crew members has crashed off the island of Guam. The Coast Guard says two people have been recovered. Their condition was not immediately available. Rescue crews from the Navy, Coast Guard and local fire department are searching for the others. In February, a B-2 crashed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in the first-ever crash of a stealth bomber. The military estimated the loss of the aircraft at $1.4 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991 |
A Pegasus rocket blasted off from a B-52 bomber Wednesday, but the Pentagon lost touch with the booster and did not know if it was able to carry seven lightweight communications satellites into orbit. "We do not have data on the final outcome of this mission," Army Maj. Robert Bonometti, mission director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said at Edwards Air Force Base.
June 29, 1993 |
Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) accused the Air Force of lying about the vulnerability of the B-1B bomber to radar detection and demanded a Pentagon investigation. He said the lie was discovered by the General Accounting Office and publicly disclosed at a hearing on June 10, as part of a GAO probe that concluded the military misled Congress about a number of weapons.