On Dec. 10, 2022, a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit experienced an in-flight malfunction during routine operations and was damaged on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., after it successfully completed an emergency landing.
There were no personnel injuries. There was a fire associated with the aircraft after landing, and the base fire department extinguished the fire.
The incident is under investigation and further details will be released upon completion of the official investigation.
A safety pause of B-2 flights has been instituted in order to inspect the fleet.
As a result, the B-2 will not be taking part in the 2023 Rose Parade or Rose Bowl Game flyovers. Instead, B-1B Lancer bombers from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., will carry on the tradition.
“Our number one concern is the safety and security of our personnel and fleet. We deeply regret having to make this decision so close to the event, but we are committed to returning to Pasadena in 2024,” said Col. Daniel Diehl, 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Although we are not participating in this flyover, we remain steadfast in our commitment to answer our nation’s call.”
The B-1B Lancer is a critical component of our Air Force’s strategic bomber fleet. Like the B-2, the B-1 has a rich history and will represent Striker nation well, carrying on the bomber tradition at the Tournament of Roses.