View Full Version : B-52 With 6 Airmen Crashes Off Guam

07-21-2008, 03:46 AM
July 21, 2008
Associated Press

HONOLULU - Rescue crews were searching a vast area of floating debris and a sheen of oil today for crew members of an Air Force B-52 bomber that crashed off the island of Guam, officials said.

At least two people were recovered from the waters, but their condition was not immediately available, the Coast Guard said.

Six vessels, three helicopters, two F-15 fighter jets and a B-52 bomber were involved in the search, which had covered about 70 square miles of ocean, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Elizabeth Buendia.

"We have an active search that's going to go on throughout the night," she said Monday. The Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and local fire and police departments were involved.

The B-52 bomber based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was en route to conduct a flyover in a parade when it crashed around 9:45 a.m. today about 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor, the Air Force said.

The Liberation Day parade celebrates the day when the U.S. military arrived on Guam to retake control of the island from Japan.

The Air Force said a board of officers will investigate the accident.

The accident is the second for the Air Force this year on Guam, a U.S. territory 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.

In February, a B-2 crashed at Andersen Air Force Base shortly after takeoff in the first-ever crash of a stealth bomber. Both pilots ejected safely. The military estimated the cost of the loss of the aircraft at $1.4 billion.

The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can refuel in mid air. Since the 159 foot-long bomber was first placed into service in 1955, it has been used for a wide range of missions from attacks to ocean surveillance. Two B-52s, in two hours, can monitor 140,000 square miles of ocean surface.

The B-52 Stratofortress has been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States for more than four decades. It is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory, including cluster bombs and precision guided missiles.


God Bless the men/women and their families. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

07-21-2008, 04:55 AM
Keep sreaching I am sure they are alive.

07-21-2008, 05:55 PM

Sadly 2 are confirmed dead

07-21-2008, 06:10 PM
How many air crew are there on a B-52?

Sad, btw http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

07-21-2008, 06:25 PM
Guam... isn't that where the B-2 crashed?
Seems its becoming a death zone for bombers... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

07-21-2008, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by WeedEater9p:
Guam... isn't that where the B-2 crashed?
Seems its becoming a death zone for bombers... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Guam is being rapidly upsized because of the political problems surrounding the US Japanese bases.

It is particularly sad when people lose their lives just going about there normal every day duties. It will be a difficult time for everyone involved.

One also hopes there were no nukes lost.

07-22-2008, 01:57 AM
There are usually 6 crew on a BUFF, but they may have reduced that to 5.

They haven't flown very much with live nukes for yrs, and certainly wouldn't be doing so in a training or demo misn like this.

I believe That leaves us 37 of htem still in service, which is kinda silly.

The other 50+ H models were retired in recent yrs as a cost savings measure (unless this was cancelled and I missed it somehow) despite their utility and effectiveness in current scenarios.

The 250+ G models were mostly scrapped by the previous admin for various and equally poorly thought out reasons.

They also cancelled plans to re-engine them with four modern turbofans that would have greatly increased performance as well as decrease costs.

And it is sad when guys give their lives on routine duties, but it is a hazardous occupation. Wish there was some way to thank them.