The "Nuclear Nav"
October 10, 2007 4:00 PM Subscribe
The "Nuclear Nav."
On March 11, 1958, Captain Bruce Kulka was the navigator on an Air Force B-47 Stratojet carrying nuclear bombs to an airfield in North Africa. Somewhere over the southeastern US, the captain sent him to back the bomb bay to check on a cockpit warning light. As he climbed through the narrow space around the Mark 6 nuclear bomb,
Kulka grabbed the emergency release pin by mistake.
The 8,500-pound "pig" slowly tipped over and fell. Its weight pushed the bomb bay doors open and it dropped out of the plane
Fifteen thousand feet below waited Mars Bluff
, SC -- still the only civilian community in the US ever to have a nuclear bomb dropped on it.