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Peerie Maa
11-07-2016, 12:59 PM
From the BeeB
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37875697

A commercial diver may have discovered a lost US nuclear bomb off the coast of Canada.
Sean Smyrichinsky was diving for sea cucumbers near British Columbia when he discovered a large metal device that looked a bit like a flying saucer.
The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) believes it could be a "lost nuke" from a US B-36 bomber that crashed in the area in 1950.
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The plane was on a secret mission to simulate a nuclear strike and had a real Mark IV nuclear bomb on board to see if it could carry the payload required.
Several hours into its flight, its engines caught fire and the crew had to parachute to safety. Out of a 17-person crew, five didn't make it.

The American military says the bomb was filled with lead and TNT but no plutonium, so it wasn't capable of a nuclear explosion. The crew put the plane on autopilot and set it to crash in the middle of the ocean, but three years later, its wreckage was found hundreds of kilometres inland.



http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/AF61/production/_92279844_crash.jpg

BrianY
11-07-2016, 02:25 PM
The thing was "filled with lead and TNT but no plutonium, so it wasn't capable of a nuclear explosion" so it's not really a "nuclear bomb" is it?

CWSmith
11-07-2016, 02:27 PM
so...it's not really a "nuclear bomb" is it?

No, it's "nucular"! That's the worst kind of bomb! :)

Paul Pless
11-07-2016, 02:35 PM
Several hours into its flight, its engines caught fire and the crew had to parachute to safety. jesus, it had ten engines, wonder how many of them caught fire, and how few it could make it home on. . .

Jim Bow
11-07-2016, 02:42 PM
Wait a sec ... the map labels it a "fat man bomb" which was carried by a B29. The B36 was far more bigly than a B29, but the had to test its carry capability????

Peerie Maa
11-07-2016, 02:53 PM
jesus, it had ten engines, wonder how many of them caught fire, and how few it could make it home on. . .

And after the crew bailed out it flew on auto for hundreds of kilometres.

Gerarddm
11-07-2016, 04:00 PM
" Nuclear" bomb, hah.

God, how I hate lazy media.

Peerie Maa
11-07-2016, 05:23 PM
Another version of the loss
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150373/U-S-soldier-buried-decades-bomber-crashed-carrying-nuclear-bomb-secret-Cold-War-mission.html

http://www.royalaviationmuseum.com/2171/broken-arrow-the-lost-nuke-of-1950/