|| B-36 PEACEMAKER
The B-36 served our nation for about a
decade. During this time its crews were exposed to a variety of hazards and
experienced several fatal, and near-fatal mishaps. This section is dedicated to
those service men who risked, and sometimes gave, their lives while helping to maintain
the peace during those very dangerous years of the Cold War.
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- THE FIRST INCIDENT
Test flight of XB-36A that saved the B-36 program. March 26, 1947.
- On March 26, 1947 a test flight of the
prototype XB-36 experienced a complete failure of its right main landing gear.
Rather than ending in a disastrous crash, the plane landed safely and the incident
resulted in the preservation of the already troubled B-36 program.
"The Crash That Saved the B-36"
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 13, 1997.
By Frank Perkins
- THE FIRST CRASH
The first loss of life caused by the crash of a training flight. September 15,
- Two props reverse during takeoff causing a
crash into Lake Worth. B-36B 44-92079 with the 7th Bomb Wing meets a tragic end.
"Two Bodies Recovered From Wrecked B-36"
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 16, 1949.
By Ira Cain
- BROKEN ARROW
The first loss of a nuclear weapon. Feb. 13, 1950.
- "Broken Arrow" is the code name
for any incident that results in the loss or accidental detonation of a nuclear
device. This incident is noteworthy because of the loss of life experienced and the
mysterious circumstances of the event that had not been explained until nearly fifty years
after the crash of a B-36B in 1950. There are several sections of this
report. It starts with news accounts from towns in the vicinity of the crash and
ends with an interview of one of the copilots.
- MID AIR! Fort
Worth Star-Telegram, April 27, 1951.
- A collision with an F-51 during fighter
interception exercises claims the life of the commander who piloted the B-36 that crashed
in British Columbia only one year earlier. Another crewman, gunnery instructor Dick
Thrasher who was also on the earlier flight, survives to fly again.
- LOSS OF A TEST FLIGHT
AT SAN DIEGO. August 5, 1952.
- A routine test flight goes terribly wrong
resulting in the loss of Convair crewmembers. By Donald Maxion.
September 1, 1952.
- The day the 7th. and 11th. Bomb Wings lost
LACOCK, UK CRASH Feb. 7, 1953.
- RANDOM ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND March 18, 1953.
- How Ellsworth Air Force Base got its name.
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