This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tybee Broken Arrow incident. On the 5th of February 1958 during an exercise, two U.S.A.F. planes collided resulting in the loss of a Mk-15 nuclear weapon in U.S. coastal waters off Savannah, Georgia U.S.A. |Read More|
Mk-15 TN Bomb February 4th, a B-47 Stratojet piloted by Major Howard Richardsons was leading a two-plane practice mission designed to mimic the requirements of wartime attacks on cold war targets in the Soviet Union. Typically these missions would include an aerial refuelling and a simulated "bomb drop" scored by a ground station.
The B-47's payload was an unarmed, 3,500 kg Mark 15 hydrogen bomb. The "transportation-configured" weapon had been made safe by the removal of the plutonium "pit" in the primary ensuring no full yield explosion was possible. However the bomb still contained over 180kg of conventional explosives a
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