Another B-1 bomber fire

On March 25 we reported on a B-1 bomber that caught fire while in flight near Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City and apparently started several vegetation fires from falling debris before landing safely at Ellsworth. And about 2 weeks before that a B-1 made an emergency landing at Guam. After the crew exited the aircraft in Guam, it rolled into some emergency vehicles, causing major damage to the aircraft and the ground vehicles.

Now there is a report of a B-1 that caught fire today after landing at an Air Force base in Qatar. The reports say a fire erupted as the plane taxied after landing at al Udeid Air Base around 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT) after what the Air Force described as “a ground incident.”

Another “ground incident”? On March 25 we wrote:

You have to wonder if maintenance issues or the heavy use of our military assets on conflicts and wars has anything to do with these two incidents. Our B-1’s have been used fairly heavily since 1998 in Kosovo, Iraq, Afganistan, and again in Iraq. Much of our military equipment has been damaged, destroyed, or just worn out while serving as the World Police. If we ever need the military to actually defend our country, I hope it’s ready.

If this had happened in the fire service, there would be a safety stand-down to figure out what the hell is going on.