Saturday, April 28, 2012

Did you know two thermonuclear bombs were dropped on #NC during the Cold War? (I didn't.)

Dropped nuke io9
The second accidental bombing of the Carolinas occurred around midnight on January 24, 1961, when a B-52G bomber broke up near Goldsboro, North Carolina after a leak was noticed during a standard mid-air refueling. The aircraft's wreckage fell over farmland in the small town of Faro. 
Five of the eight crew members survived this crash ...  
Two Mark 39 thermonuclear weapons were onboard the bomber. One of these bombs parachuted to the ground, whereas the other smashed into a farmer's field at give or take 700 miles per hour, losing its uranium component in the process.
Gerry Canavan
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