Sean, there was a similar crash in Grantsville, Maryland, around the same time. It recently got some press because it was the 50th anniversary. If I remember right it was the same type of bomber and it was also carrying 2 nuclear warheads. I was working for the newspaper out that way some years back when they erected a memorial to the crash. The problem with the Maryland crash is that the wreckage was strewn over miles and the bombs were found in an isolated area of the Appalachian Mountains.
Today’s date, January 24, was almost a day of tragedy in American history that would have ranked right up there, or even surpassed, December 7 and September 11. Fifty-three years ago today, on January 24, 1961, a U.S. Air Force B-52 fell out of the sky near Goldsboro, North Carolina. It happened to be carrying two nuclear weapons. They almost detonated. Had even one of them done so, a 2.4 megaton nuclear explosion would have wiped North Carolina off the map, potentially killing millions. Needless to say the world would never have been the same again.
The B-52 that crashed that day was part of the Strategic Air Command’s Cold War strategy, where one-third of the U.S.’s nuclear bombers were airborne at any moment of the day in case the Soviet Union launched a sneak nuclear attack. The problem with this particular plane was a leaky fuel tank in the…
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