Wednesday 17 August 2011

Missing For More Than 50 Years - A Nuclear Bomb

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More than 50 years after a 7,600lb (3,500kg) nuclear bomb was dropped in US waters following a mid-air military collision, the question of whether the missing weapon still poses a threat remains. The bomb was carried by a US B-47 bomber when it collided in midair with an F-86 fighter plane.

Despite being damaged, the B-47 remained airborne and purposefully jettisoned the bomb into the water to reduce the aircraft weight and prevent the bomb exploding during the emergency landing. Following several unsuccessful searches, the bomb was lost somewhere in Wassaw Sound off the shores of Tybee Island.

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

I know a guy that actually saw the plane go down when he was a kid.

Gareth said...

But hey the military can be trusted with nuclear weapons because they are totally competent and would never lose one or anything like that, right?