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B-1 Lancer
Losses & Ejections
[Further details corrections, names, crew photos appreciated]

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
29th August 1984
USAF
Rockwell  B-1A/B 74-0159
second prototype
Air Force Flight Test Center
AFFTC
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Testing the aircraft's performance with only two engines. Control  lost during an aft centre of gravity test. Crashed 22 miles north east of Edwards AFB in the desert east of Boron

                                                                        photo USAF
 
Rockwell test pilot and flight commander Tommie Douglas "Doug" Benefield killed pilot Richard V. Reynolds ejected in capsule severe injuries Flight test engineer Capt. Otto J. Waniczek ejected in capsule severe injuries
Escape pod parachutes didn't deploy fully and the module impacted in a right nose low attitude
 
"From the files - 1984"

 

 

 

".    .   .   A spokesman at Edwards Air Force Base in California, headquarters for the B-1 testing program, said today that two survivors of the crash,  and were in fair condition with chest and back injuries. A third member of the crew, Benefield, was killed in the accident.   .   .   ."

 

RIGHT: Patch commemorating Doug Benefield who was killed in the August 1994 accident

 
29th September 1987



USAF
B‑1B Lancer 84-0052
 "Taupe 52"

96th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
Bird Strike
[North America white pelican
or
Swainson's hawks]

 through wing near Pueblo Colorado during training flight at approximately 600 feet ruptured fuel lines. Fuel ignited and aircraft exploded
Maj. James T. Acklin
pilot
[instructor pilot]
killed on impact
 
Weber ACES II
It is thought that the pilot remained in his seat to give the two crew on the jump seats time to make a manual parachute bail. Other reports have suggested a seat problem.
Capt. Lawrence H. Haskell
pilot
[student aircraft commander]
ejected safely
 
Weber ACES II
Maj. William H. Price
navigator
[instructor in offensive systems]
ejected safely
 
Weber ACES II
Capt. Joseph S. Butler [student defensive officer]
ejected safely
 
Weber ACES II
First Lieut. Ricky M. Bean
[student pilot]
killed on impact
  jump seat
Maj, Wayne D. Whitlock
[instructor in defensive systems]
killed on impact
  jump seat
The two crew who were killed in the aircraft were instructors and did not have ejection seats. In the event of an emergency they were expected to make conventional parachute bail-outs
Exact crew positions not determined - clarification appreciated
FEEDBACK

Hi, I was maintenance on the B1B in Dyess from 1985-1989.  Just a note...Ricky M Bean was a Capt. not a 1st lieutenant at the time of the Sept 1987 crash in Col. I also noticed you mention "normal" seats for the forward and rear observers in the middle positions.  These were technically jump seats (a fold down seat, not very comfortable)and they did not have ejection or parachute capabilities.  The riders in these seats knew they had to manually climb out once the other seats blew or if they could get the entry hatch open in time. There is no second row, just a forward and rear compartment.
in email 19th November 2008
[site amended 20th November 2008]

 

I remember the “Taupe 52” crash very well.

The crash woke me up that morning, as I was in the midst of a job search from my parents’ home in La Junta, where I had grown up.

The sound was like that of a sonic boom (which wasn’t all that uncommon during the decades that Detachment 1 of the First Combat Evaluation Group operated a radar range for pilot and missions specialist training there).

However, there was no aircraft noise following the sound—only silence.  I thought that was peculiar, but I shrugged it off as my imagination getting away from me until hearing on the noon TV news what had actually occurred.

The disabled aircraft was within sight of an outdoor physical education class at the local high school until seconds before impact, and the crash rattled the rafters at Otero Junior College.

An aerial photograph of the long, narrow, charred strip where the crash occurred was taken before the area could be secured by military personnel, and the photo appeared on the front page of the next morning’s edition of the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper.

As I remember, there was only one identifiable piece of the aircraft (part of an engine mount) following the crash.

When I began my career as a civilian employee of the Air Force the next August, “bird strike modification” was one of the high-profile issues of the day at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (at Tinker Air Force Base), which, according to Wikipedia, “is the worldwide manager for a wide range of large aircraft, engines, missiles, software and avionics and accessories components”.

Russell G. Sharp
in email 24th June 2009

 

Tuesday 9th November 1988


USAF
B‑1B Lancer 85-0063
96th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
Crashed near Abilene, Texas. Fire in left wing caused engine failure during  practising  "touch-and-go" landings    

Weber ACES II
Pilot ejected safely Co-pilot ejected safely
   
Defensive Systems Officer (DSO) ejected safely
[left seat rear]
Offensive Systems Officer (OSO) ejected safely
[right seat rear]
Three crew ejected on pilot's command - he ejected after steering aircrfat away from residential area
The Strategic Air Command ordered the fleet grounded for a mandatory, one-time inspection of all electric, fuel and hydraulic fluid lines.
18th November 1988

also seen as 17th November


USAF
B‑1B Lancer 85-0076 Ellsworth AFB, SD struck a high voltage and utility poles  on approach to Runway 31 and crashed during landing in bad weather at Ellsworth AFB, S.D    

Weber ACES II
pilot, Maj. Thomas C. Skillman ejected safely co-pilot, Capt. Mick R. Gunthals ejected safely
   
defensive systems officer Maj. Dean C. Spraggins ejected, suffered a back injury Taken to a hospital at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Tex
[left seat rear]
offensive systems officer, Capt. Grover M. Gossett ejected safely
[right seat rear]
An Air Force investigation concluded that the pilot and co-pilot lost track of altitude because of weather conditions.
Monday 27th March 1989
check date
{confirm ??]

USAF
B-1B Bomber   Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas,  Movable wing on aircraft swung too far forward and punctured a fuel tank      
USAF inspected the most heavily used of its grounded B-1 bombers to determine if a mishap that caused a fuel leak in one plane was an isolated breakdown or a problem with the entire fleet
Tuesday 17th March 1992 Fourteen B-1B bombers grounded because of tiny cracks in their landing gears.
22nd May 1992
USAF
B-1B Bomber  
28th Bomb Wing
Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D
Damaged      
30th November 1992
USAF
B‑1B Lancer 86-0106
96th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
crashed into mountainous terrain in the Sierra Vieja mountains  near Van Horn, Texas during low-altitude, night-time training flight

The Air Force attributed the crash to pilot error

     
killed on impact killed on impact  
     
killed on impact killed on impact  
20th June 1994
USAF
B-1B Bomber 84-0057
DY
 
7th BW
Dyess AFB, Texas
Damaged      
19th September 1997
14:25

USAF
B‑1B Lancer 85-0078
"Fury 02"

37th Bomb Squadron

28th Bomb Wing
Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D
Crashed in to the ground  near Alzada,  southeast Montana during training mission practicing "low level defensive countermeasures" and simulated bombing

Air Force Link

Capt. Gary Everett

Col. Anthony Beat

Maj. Kirk Cakerice

Maj. Clay Culver

CREW Positions not determined
all killed on impact

   
   
   
   
18th February 1998


USAF
B‑1B Lancer 84‑0057
DY
"Hellion"

7th BW
Dyess AFB, Texas
Three engines shut down during
refueling and low-level training mission. Crashed 5
miles north-west of Marion, KY, USA
 

Weber ACES II
Lt. Col. Daniel Charchian
[instructor pilot]
ejected safely
Capt. Jeffrey Sabella
[co-pilot]
ejected safely
   
Capt. Kevin Schields
[instructor weapons officer]
ejected safely
1st Lt. Bert Winslow
[weapons system officer]
ejected safely
22nd October 1998
USAF
B-1B Bomber ??-????
DY

7th BW
Dyess AFB, Texas
Damaged      
22nd July 1999
USAF
B-1B Bomber 86-0115
127th BS
Damaged      
22nd October 2000
USAF
B-1B Bomber 86-0094
EL

37th Bomb Squadron
Damaged      
12th December 2001


USAF
B‑1B Lancer 86‑0114
EL
"
Live Free Or Die"
aircraft from

28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D
crashed while flying from Diego Garcia, to Afghanistan.

Indian Ocean, 30 M N of Diego Garcia

   

Weber ACES II
pilot, Capt. William Steele ejected safely at about 15,000 feet and rescued, slight cuts and bruises ejected safely at about 15,000 feet and rescued, slight cuts and bruises
   
ejected safely at about 15,000 feet and rescued, slight cuts and bruises ejected safely at about 15,000 feet and rescued, slight cuts and bruises
????? ????? ????? ?????
27th February 2004
USAF
B-1B Bomber 86-0139
34th BS
Damaged      
23rd November 2004
USAF
B-1B Bomber 85-0083
EL

37th Bomb Squadron
       
13th December 2004
USAF
B-1B Bomber  
28th Bomb Wing
Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D
       
January 2005
[exact date needed]

USAF
B-1B Lancer   Ellsworth nose-gear collapsed, after it had landed and was taxiing at an undisclosed location in the Middle East      
The B-1B Lancer fleet remained grounded for six days.
May 2005
[exact date needed]

USAF
B-1B Lancer   Diego Garcia Aircrew forgot to lower the jet’s landing gear.
Aircraft  skidded down the runway for several thousand feet
     
15th September 2005
USAF
B-1B Lancer 85-0066
EL

37th Bomb Squadron

Ellsworth
 
caught fire after landing because leaking hydraulic fluid came in contact with hot brakes at Andersen AFB      
 
                                                                                                                                                     photo source
  B-1B Lancer which caught fire on Andersen September 2005 had its wing, nacelle and landing gear parts removed for repair. The aircraft will then be returned to fully mission capable status and ready for combat in summer of 2008
8th May 2006
22:00

USAF
B-1B Lancer 86132
"Oh! Hard Luck"

7th BW
Dyess AFB, Texas
28th BS

based at Dyess AFB, Texas
 Made a wheels-up belly landing on runway 31 at Diego Garcia, skidding 7,500 feet down the runway. Caught fire but flames extinguished All four crew egressed through hatches   No ejections
26th August 2007
USAF
B-1B Lancer 86-0133
DY

9th BS
Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan
An engine caught fire. Emergency landing at Air Base      
  The aircraft was initially repaired at the base by a maintenance team from 654th Combat Logistics Support Squadron and in early October flown on three engines to RAF Fairford, where  a second round of repairs.
Link
Friday 5th March 2008
21:40
[confirm time??]

USAF
B-1B Lancer    Andersen Air Force Base, Guam   Crew reported a hydraulic leak. Emergency landing in transit from  Singapore to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Rolled along runway and collided with emergency vehicles on the taxiway All crew had already egressed normally.   No ejections
Thursday 20th March 2008
USAF
B-1B Bomber     Made a forced landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base following a reported in-flight emergency.  Several small spot grass fires that were apparently caused by the bomber were quickly put out FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED    
Friday 4th April 2008
USAF
B-1B Bomber     Caught fire  at the end of a runway and some of its munitions exploded after landing at  al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar all four crew members safely evacuated FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED  
Monday 19th August 2013
morning


 USAF
Rockwell / Boeing B-1B Lancer  
28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D
Crashed near Broadus, Montana  

ACES II
 
       
??
ejected
??
ejected
??
ejected
??
ejected
                 
                 

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