B-52 Crash Anniversary

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of a B-52 Stratofortress breaking up in mid-air near Goldsboro and dropping two nuclear bombs in the process.

The aircraft was on a rendezvous with a tanker for mid-air refueling when the aircraft reported a leak in its port wing fuel cell. The refueling was broken off, and ground control notified of the problem.
The aircraft was directed to land at nearby Seymour Johnson Air Base. As it descended the pilots eventually lost control and the crew ejected.

The two nuclear weapons separated from the aircraft as it broke up. A parachute opened one one weapon allowing the bomb to hit the ground with little damage.

The second bomb plunged into a muddy field and disintegrated. The tail was discovered about 20 feet below ground. Much of the bomb was recovered. However, excavation was abandoned due to uncontrollable ground water flooding. Most of the thermonuclear stage containing uranium was left. It is estimated to lie around 55 feet below the surface.

The Air Force purchased the land to prevent interference with the nuclear remnants.


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  • by EC JOYNER Location: NASH on Jan 25, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Thinks Faro resident I forgot how to spell it
  • by faro resident Location: faro on Jan 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    To ECJoyner..its Eureka
  • by faro resident Location: faro on Jan 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    I live in this tiny community, The NewsArgus interviewed my uncle who was the assistant fire chief at the time, only a few adults left, counting my aunt and uncle, who are the only survivors other than my counsin and the children of the dead. Most died of cancer, they test the grounds often. We lived there in 69 when Dad was in Vietnam moved there again in 01. Locals will build, developments going on and on. No fear now, don't even think about it until WITN does story and newspaper does anniversary. I think the brain dead people live on the other side of the county, that seems to be where all the drugs/murder's and drunks live at hahahaha....
  • by Sherlock Holmes Location: Ground Zero on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    The Bomb,the Cuban missile crises with flights of 16 aircraft at a time headed to Florida from SJAF base to attack Cuba to start World War III, neighbor building a bomb shelter in backyard, rumors that 12 of the 13 "triggers" use to detonate the crashed B52 bomb near Fremont had engaged,later the H-bomb lost of coast of South Carolina, a long life at the time for a nine year old seemed not to be a given. This was life in the early 60s to be followed up with President Kennedy's fate in Dallas. We were very lucky and alot of brave people who stood their ground.
  • by this explains it! Location: eastern nc on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    nuclear bomb leeching radioactive stuff into the ground? This explains everything that I understand about eastern NC.
  • by ECjoyner Location: nash on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    This story mite not needs to be told... It is a need to know basis. It will have people all over trying to find it. That’s not good there’s nothing there no more.
  • by ECJOYNER Location: NASH on Jan 25, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    That happen on my granddads farm my dad has told me about that. He was a little boy when one of the pilots walked up to there house and said he was one in the plane crash. The Air force had to bring in rock to make a road to get to the plane. One of the bombs parachute was tangled up in the trees in the woods. It happen close to Fremont and Erica
  • by william Location: goldsboro on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    so just where is this bomb located, wayne county is not that small, need to know!! surely not another gvt cover up.
  • by Jethro Location: Bug Tussel on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Always wondered what was wrong with folks from Wayne County.
  • by Doug Location: Outerbanks on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    I'm sure those Uranium atoms are big enough to be caught by an ordinary inline water filter. After all, most say they capture lead in drinking water-
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