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Flight Accidents in the 21st Century U.S. Air Force

The Facts of 40 Non-Combat Events

Henry Bond (author)

ISBN: 9781476674025

Publication Date: Jan 2019

Format: Paperback

Mid-flight non-combat malfunctions, mishaps, and blunders, occur frequently in the USAF during routine training and utility flights. The events surrounding accidents are meticulously gathered by USAF Investigators and a report is published in each case. Dr Bond has collected these reports over a number of years and presents his findings in this volume.
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Mid-flight non-combat malfunctions, mishaps, and blunders, occur frequently in the USAF during routine training and utility flights–sometimes unfortunately with the loss of life and regularly with the destruction of a military aircraft with a value of tens of millions-of-dollars. In the most extreme case presented here a B-2 Spirit bomber crashed soon after takeoff and was destroyed with a value of $2.2 billion. The events surrounding such accidents are meticulously gathered by USAF Investigators and a report is published in each case. Dr Bond has collected these reports over a number of years including some made available to him following FOI–Freedom of Information–requests made directly to the relevant US Air Base. The original official accident reports are rife with military jargon and acronyms rendering them near-impenetrable to the lay-reader. Dr Bond has written up forty of the most indicative reports as a series of accessible-but-comprehensive case histories in plain non-technical language. The causes of such blunders and mishaps are often surprising and sometimes horrifying: bird-strikes, joy-riding, unauthorized maneuvers, pilot disorientation, or more prosaically, an unseen binoculars-case blocking the action of a plane's joystick or unexpected moisture in an air-pressure gauge.
Illustrations 25 photographs
Pages 138
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 7
Date Published 30 Jan 2019
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Technology: general issues   Transport: general interest   Aircraft: general interest   Air forces & warfare   Military aircraft  
Henry Bond is senior lecturer in photography at Kingston University in Surrey, England.

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