posted on Oct, 30 2003 @ 10:26 PM
I've scanned an excerpt from this book I have. i know, there are some typos, my scanner's fault.
1. On January 24, 1961, a B-52 on airborne alert developed
structural failure of the right wing over Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Two weapons separated from the aircraft during the breakup of the
plane at an altitude ranging from two thousand to ten thousand
feet. The bombs were both twenty-four-megaton bombs, which is
equivalent to twenty-four million tons of TNT. The total energy of
TNT released during World War II was three million tons. One
bomb crashed, and five of its six safety catches were triggered. Had
that bomb exploded, it would have destroyed much of North
2. On March 14, 1961, the second serious accident involved a
B-52 failure near Yuba City, California. All the crew bailed out at
ten thousand feet, except for the commander, who stayed with the
aircraft to four thousand feet, steering it away from populated areas.
Two nuclear weapons on board were torn from the aircraft on
ground impact. Luckily, the high explosives did not detonate.
3. On January 13, 1964, a B-52 crashed during severe
turbulence near Cumberland, Maryland, in isolated mountains.
The plane contained two hydrogen bombs.
4. On December 8, 1964, at Bunker Hill Air Force Base,
Indiana, another plane crashed into a B-58 on an icy runway. The
B-58 slid off the runway, and its left main landing gear struck a
concrete electrical manhole box, igniting the aircraft. Portions of
the five nuclear weapons on board burned. The report states that
contamination by radioactive material was limited to the immediate
area of the crash and was subsequently removed.
5. On January 17, 1966, over Palomares, Spain, a B-52 and a
KC-135 collided during a routine high-altitude air-refueling opera-
tion. Both aircraft crashed. The B-52 carried four nuclear weapons;
one was recovered on the ground and another from the sea on April
7, after extensive search and recovery efforts. High-explosive
materials from two of the weapons exploded on impact with the
ground, releasing large quantities of plutonium. Approximately
1,400 tons of plutonium-contaminated soil and vegetation over 640
acres were scraped up and imported to the United States in 4,827
steel drums, to be dumped straight into the ground at the Savannah
River waste-storage facility in South Carolina, where the average
rainfall is four inches per month. Plutonium is one of the most
carcinogenic, toxic substances known to man.
6. On January 21, 1968, over Thule, Greenland, a B-52
returning from Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York crashed and
burned some seven miles southwest of the runway while approaching the base to land. The bomber carried four nuclear weapons, all
of which were destroyed by fire. Radioactive contamination
occurred in the area of the crash, which was on the sea ice, and
237 ,000 cubic feet of plutonium,contaminated ice, snow, and
water, with crash debris, were removed to an approved storage site
in the United States during a four'month operation.
7. The last declassified accident occurred in September 1980
at Damascus, Arkansas, when an Air Force repairman dropped a.
heavy wrench socket, which rolled off the work platform and fell
toward the bottom of a silo. The silo contained a Titan II missile
with a nine'megaton warhead. The socket bounced and struck the
missile, causing a leak from the pressurized fuel tank. About eight
and a half hours after the initial puncture, fuel vapors within the
silo ignited and exploded the liquid fuel. One man was killed;
twenty other people were injured. The nine'megaton hydrogen
bomb was catapulted hundreds of yards away and was found lying in
a field next to a grazing cow. Had this weapon exploded, its effect
would have been approximately 720 times greater than that of the Hiroshima bomb.