The Goldsboro, NC Incident
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09-04-2014, 12:30 PM
The Goldsboro, NC Incident
(Or how we almost created the Gulf of North Carolina by accident.)

On January 16, 1961, a B-52 bomber suffered structural failure and broke apart while flying over Goldsboro, North Carolina.

On board the aircraft were two MK 39 Hydrogen Bombs, each with an explosive yield of 2.5 million tons of TNT. The bombs fell to earth along with the bomber.

[Image: Goldsboro_Mk_39_Bomb_1-close-up.jpeg]

One of the bombs came within a hairs breadth of detonation.

Bomb Disposal Expert Jack ReVelle, speaking to a writer in 2011 of the bomb that he said nearly detonated: “As far as I’m concerned we came damn close to having a Bay of North Carolina. The nuclear explosion would have completely changed the Eastern seaboard if it had gone off.” He also said the size of each bomb was more than 250 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb, and large enough to have a 100% kill zone of seventeen miles. Each bomb would exceed the yield of all munitions (outside of testing) ever detonated in the history of the world by TNT, gunpowder, conventional bombs, and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts combined.

In 2013, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser published a book, Command and Control, in which he presented a declassified 1969 document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. In the report, entitled "Goldsboro Revisited," written by Parker F. Jones, a supervisor of nuclear safety at Sandia National Laboratories, Jones says that "one simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe," and concludes that "The MK 39 Mod 2 bomb did not possess adequate safety for the airborne alert role in the B-52."


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09-04-2014, 12:35 PM
RE: The Goldsboro, NC Incident
Hey....mistakes happen, ya know?

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