January 24, 1961 – Two nuclear bombs are dropped on North Carolina – Weirdness Wednesdays January 26, 2022

Here’s a nice post for this week’s Weirdness Wednesday post; saw it recently on January 24, 1961 – Two nuclear bombs are dropped on North Carolina: https://www.didyouknowdaily.com/history/bombs-north-carolina. Slightly longer article. Thankfully, the fail safe worked on both bombs.

In late January 1961, the face of the United States was almost changed forever when two 3.8 megaton nuclear bombs were accidentally dropped in North Carolina during the height of the Cold War.

The major incident occurred when a B-52 bomber developed a fuel leak whilst in flight. With the pilot unable to maintain control of the aircraft, the plane began breaking up as the bomber tried to approach the landing field in Goldsboro, north Carolina.

At 9,000 feet the pilot ordered his crewmen to eject. By the time the plane reached 2,000 feet, the two 3.8 megaton Mark 39 thermonuclear atomic bombs separated, beginning their descent.

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2 Responses to January 24, 1961 – Two nuclear bombs are dropped on North Carolina – Weirdness Wednesdays January 26, 2022

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow glad those nuclear bombs didn’t go off!

    Liked by 1 person

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