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B-52 speaker at Military Round Table on Tuesday

By From staff reports
Published in News on March 14, 2011 1:46 PM

An expert on the crash of a B-52 carrying two thermonuclear bombs in Wayne County 50 years ago will be speaking Tuesday evening at the Wayne County Museum

Joel Dobson is a former Air Force officer, and was in the Strategic Air Command during the 1960s at the time of the Cold War.

Dobson has found and interviewed a number of experts who were associated with the crash or its aftermath, and collected a number of previously classified documents.

He has a book in the works about this incident which has become known as the Goldsboro Broken Arrow.

In January 1961, a B-52 Stratofortress Bomber, heading towards a landing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base disintegrated in mid-air, killing three, and spilling out two thermonuclear bombs.

Five of the airmen survived the crash, and no one on the ground was killed or injured. The bombs were successfully de-activated, but part of one of the thermonuclear devices still remains in the ground near Faro, 12 miles north of Goldsboro.

Dobson will speak at 7 p.m. at the meeting of the North Carolina Military History Round Table at the museum at 116 N. William Street in Goldsboro.