Video: Stealth Bomber Crash

Wired’s got some awesome video of a B2 Stealth Bomber crashing as it took off last February. Looking at these things taking off in the video it’s hard to see why they fly at all. “On takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base, the $1.4 billion plane abruptly ‘pitched up, rolled and yawed to the left before plunging to the ground,’ the AP describes. The reason why: ‘Water distorted preflight readings in three of the plane’s 24 sensors, making the aircraft’s control computer force the B-2 to pitch up on takeoff, resulting in a stall and subsequent crash.’ Luckily, ‘both pilots ejected safely just after the left wing made contact with the ground in the first crash since the maiden B-2 flights nearly 20 years ago.’ Check out the video, and you’ll see just how fortunate the pilots were to make it out.”