Released: 11 Aug 1998
The suspension in flying was imposed Aug. 6, after a potential problem with ejection seat initiators was discovered by their manufacturer, O.E.A. Aerospace. Initiators control the aircrew ejection system's operation. Four B-2s were cleared to resume flying operations early Aug. 8.
"This was strictly a precautionary measure," said Brig. Gen. Leroy Barnidge Jr., 509th Bomb Wing commander. "There is never a reason to needlessly subject any of our aircrew members to increased risk. Suspending our peacetime flying training operations was a prudent thing to do."
* B-2 Spirit
* Brig. Gen. Leroy Barnidge Jr.
* Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.