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12017-08-25T12:22:18-07:00The CSU Digital Liberal Arts Hubdcd1fa950418cd1d967e420466b28e86af65a7d1February 13, 1950 - British Columbia, CanadaThe CSU Digital Liberal Arts Hub106A B-36 enroute from Eilson AFB to Carwell AFB experiences mechanical difficulties and drops its payload near the Heida Gwaii Islands.image_header4960822017-09-04T21:55:58-07:00February 13, 195052.2686343,-130.0061443The CSU Digital Liberal Arts Hubdcd1fa950418cd1d967e420466b28e86af65a7d1
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12017-08-25T12:22:18-07:00February 13, 1950 - British Columbia, Canada106A B-36 enroute from Eilson AFB to Carwell AFB experiences mechanical difficulties and drops its payload near the Heida Gwaii Islands.image_header4960822017-09-04T21:55:58-07:00February 13, 195052.2686343,-130.0061443
DOD: The B-36 was enroute from Eielson AFB to Carswell AFB on a simulated combat profile mission. The weaponaboard the aircraft had a dummy capsule installed. After six hours of flight, the aircraft developed serious mechanical difficulties making it necessary to shut down three engines. The aircraft was at 12,000 feet altitude. Icing conditions complicated the emergency and level flight could not be maintained. The aircraft headed out over the Pacific Ocean and dropped the weapon from 8,000 feet. A bright flash occurred on impact, followed by a sound and shock wave. Only the weapon's high explosive material detonated. The aircraft was then flown over Princess Royal Island where the crew bailed out. The aircraft wreckage was later found on Vancouver Island.
CDI: Sixteen crewmen and one passenger parachuted safely and were rescued. An accompanying B-36 flew safely to Carswell Air Force Base. No mention is made of an attempt to recover the nuclear weapon and presumably it is still in the ocean. As early as 1950 nuclear weapons were carried to and from Alaska. The B-36 was operational from 1948-1959 and 325 were built.