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Originally posted by Shadowhawk
We will probably never know for sure what substances were burned. The radar absorbent material (RAM) coatings on the stealth aircraft are plastic and rubber compounds, impregnated with ferrites. RAM in sheet form has to be glued on to the aircraft's surface. Spray-on RAM is liquified using various solvents. Many parts of the aircraft are made of graphite-epoxy thermoplastic composites. All of these things produce deadly toxins when burned.
71 wild horses die at Tonopah Test Range
Nitrate contamination killed 71 wild horses last month along a dry lake bed on the Tonopah Test Range, enraging wild horse advocates who called Tuesday for full disclosure of how the deaths occurred.
And although the source of the contamination hasn't been confirmed by Air Force and Bureau of Land Management investigators, one former worker at the test range says he knows how the nitrate got there: illegal dumping of nitrate compounds used in the de-icing of planes and a nearby runway.