Fifty-Two Years Ago The U.S. Air Force Lost Four Hydrogen Bombs Over Spain

The casings of two B28 nuclear bombs involved in the Palomares incident are on display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Business Insider: The US Air Force lost 4 nuclear bombs in Spain 52 years ago — and the disaster is still being felt now

* A crash involving a B-52 Stratofortress bomber over Spain in 1966 resulted in four nuclear bombs being lost for 81 days.
* The bombs were not armed, meaning there was no chance of a nuclear detonation.
* The US personnel involved in the search and Spaniards in the area have lived with the legacy of the accident in the half-century since.

Early on the morning of January 16, 1966, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber took off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.

The bomber headed toward Europe, where it would patrol near the borders of the Soviet Union with four nuclear weapons, part of Operation Chrome Dome, a Cold War program to provide 24-hour rapid-response capabilities in case of war.

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WNU Editor: Another near disaster averted .... but not for some who were involved in the search.

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