Fascinating video shows B-1B bomber crash landing on Dry Lake at Edwards AFB

Impressive footage of a B-1B “Lancer” performing a crash landing on lakebed.

The following video was recorded on Oct. 4, 1989.

It shows the successful crash landing of a “Bone” (85-0070) on the surface of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, where the plane was diverted after an in-flight failure to the #2 hydraulic system prevented it from lowering the nose gear.


A dry lake in the vicinity is all you need in case of emergency: the huge lakebed minimized the damage to the plane as the following image shows.

B-1 drylake

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

H/T to Militaryphotos.net forum

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      • How many were injured or killed? AC destroyed? They jacked up the nose dropped the nose gear fixed the fuse and flew away. Some folks will watch hours of cable news waiting for that pax jet to burn off or bump fuel for the “Emergency Landing”. LOL You’re not in cable news ru?

        • I worked on the Rockwell North American crew out of Palmdale that did the repair work and sent her home. The damage was surprisingly light.
          A kudos to the flight crew that landed her.

  1. Wow, what a coincidence. I post these on milphotos yesterday and they show up here today. I added the C-5 landing to the pages so you’ll want to snag that too.

    • Well, you must have missed the “H/T to Militaryphotos.net forum” at the end of the story…. It’s a credit to who has digged it out.
      Considered the amount of stuff that is “snagged” on the other direction (I mean entire posts and photos taken here and reposted by MP.net users on that forum) I think that a link as the one above is fair enough.

  2. Over the years, the B-1 has had a lot of landing gear problems. When they started flying with full combat loads after Sept. 11th (as opposed to the light training loads during peacetime training), it became obvious that the brakes wouldn’t stop a heavy jet. Lots of brake fires until they were upgraded.

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