Dyess AFB Broken Arrow


This broken arrow was investigated because it is within driving distance of our place in Arkansas. This turned out to a good choice because of the circumstances surrounding the accident. This weapon was thermonuclear device, which meant it had a secondary stage, and because the HE exploded on impact with the ground, there might still be some residual contamination.  Via accident reports I was able to pick out a general area, on the WWII facility of Camp Barkley. I was further able to pinpoint where the B-47 came down through picking through old newspaper articles which mentioned the shock of those at a small rural school across from the point of impact.

Recent News from the site: http://www.reporternews.com/news/2010/aug/26/soil-contamination-found-at-crash-site/


Next step for this one, road trip!

1958, Abilene, TX-Dyess AFB

  1. DOD Summary:

  2. A B-47 bomber carrying a nuclear weapon caught fire during takeoff and crashed from an altitude of 1,500 feet, killing one crew member. The resulting detonation of high explosives created a crater 35 feet in diameter and six feet deep. Nuclear materials from the weapon were recovered near the crash site.