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29-05-2015, 15:07

The Day We Lost the H-Bomb

The Day We Lost the H-Bomb
Author: Barbara Moran
The Day We Lost the H-Bomb
Presidio Press
ISBN: 0891419047
Format: EPUB
Size: 5,0
Language: English
Pages: 336
In The Day We Lost the H-Bomb, science writer Barbara Moran marshals a wealth of new information and recently declassified material to give the definitive account of the Cold Wars biggest nuclear weapons disaster. On January 17, 1966, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber exploded over the sleepy Spanish farming village of Palomares during a routine airborne refueling. The explosion killed seven airmen and scattered the bombers payloadfour unarmed thermonuclear bombsacross miles of coastline. Three of the rogue H-bombs were recovered quickly. Tracking down the fourth required the largest search-and-salvage operation in U.S. military history.
Moran traces the roots of the Palomares incident, giving a brief yet in-depth history of the Strategic Air Command and its eccentric, larger-than-life commander, General Curtis LeMay, whose massive deterrence strategy kept armed U.S. bombers aloft at all times. Back on the ground, Moran recounts the myriad social and environmental effects of an accident that spread radioactive debris over hundreds of acres of Spanish farmland, alarmed Americas strategic allies, and damaged Spanish-American diplomatic relations.

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