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Author`s name Ольга Савка

Missing hydrogen bomb has possibly been found

The bomb is described as being a 7,600-pound, 12-foot-long thermonuclear device

In 1958, during a routine training mission, a B-47 bomber was force to jettison its payload so the air craft could land. The payload, a hydrogen bomb. The bomb was dropped somewhere off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, US and has been missing since then.

The bomb is described as being a 7,600-pound, 12-foot-long thermonuclear device.

The Air Force investigation into the incident concluded that a B-47 carrying a Mark 15, Mod 0, nuclear bomb on a simulated combat mission from Homestead Air Force Base in Florida collided with an F-86 fighter jet. The F-86 pilot ejected to safety and the damaged B-47 tried to land three times before the decision was made to dump the bomb and initiate a crash landing procedures.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Derek Duke said his group has located a massive underwater anomaly that is emitting a high amount of radiation, and the area where the device is, is approximately where the bomb was dropped.

Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Frank Smolinsky, said if the bomb were found, a decision would have to be made about whether to try to recover it or leave it where it is. The US Air Force has maintained that the bomb, while armed with explosives and plutonium, did not have the plutonium trigger installed.

Cost estimates to remove the bomb would take as long as five years and cost $5 million to $11 million, but the volatility of the explosives used to cause nuclear fusion are still a clear and present danger, even though the risks of a nuclear detonation are very slight. Both Russia and the United States have 'lost' atomic bombs over the years.

Michael Berglin

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