February 25, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Air Force Declares Safety Pause After B-2 Crash

The Air Force has declared a “temporary pause” to review safety procedures for flying the B-2 after a crash at a Guam air base.

This is the first time a B-2 had crashed. However, even a single crash is significant because each B-2 is worth more than $1 billion. Perhaps that is why all B-2’s will be grounded (oops – I mean temporarily paused) while safety reviews are conducted.

Air Force officials were careful to explain that this action was not a “stand-down” or “grounding” and that the planes could return to service at any time they were needed. A stand-down or grounding occurs only if senior Air Force commander order it. Officials said that has not happened.

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