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The US nuclear bomb that has been missing for 50 years

50 years ago a mid-air collision caused a US nuclear bomb to drop into US waters. The bomb still has not been found raising important safety concerns.

They would ditch their nuclear payload as soon as possible in order to lighten the aircraft for an emergency landing and also to eliminate the danger of an enormous explosion when they made their unsteady arrival at the nearest available runway.

“The tactical doctrine for Strategic Air Command gave me the authority to get rid of it (the bomb) for the safety of the crew – that was the number one priority,” Colonel Richardson said.

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