If you are interested in the details of how two hydrogen bombs nearly detonated after they fell to earth when the B-52 on which they were embarked broke up in the sky over North Carolina, you should read the George Washington University NSA archive here. There's also a film!
|One of the two Mk39 thermonuclear weapons that landed when a B-52 bomber broke up over Goldsboro, North Carolina in January 1961. This was the weapon that came closest to detonation.|
It's fascinating reading. It also boggles the mind that a B-52 bomber broke up and crashed 53 years ago and we still have them as front line bombers. It makes you wonder, doesn't it? We were supposed to have B-58s, lots of B-1 and more B-2 bombers. Think about it. The B-52 has been flying strategic missions since BEFORE we put a man on the moon.