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Lost Nuke

The Last Flight of Bomber 075

by Dirk Septer

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Just before midnight on February 13, 1950, three engines of a US Air Force B-36 intercontinental bomber caught fire over Canada's northwest coast. The crew jumped, and the plane ditched somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The fact that the huge aircraft had been carrying a Mark IV nuclear bomb was kept carefully hidden. Three years later, the wreck of the bomber was found by accident in a remote location in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, three hours' flying time in the opposite direction of where it was supposed to have crashed. How did it get there? Did somebody remain on board and fly it there?

 

Only after years of silence did the United States finally admit to losing a nuclear bomb; the incident was the first ever "Broken Arrow," as accidents involving nuclear weapons have come to be known. But was the bomb dropped and exploded over the Inside Passage or was it blown up at the aircraft's resting place in the mountains?

 

This Cold War-era tale borders on fantasy as Dirk Septer follows the last flight of Bomber 075 and attempts to unravel the real story behind more than 50 years of secrecy, misdirection and misinformation.

About the Author

Dirk Septer is an aviation historian and photographer who focuses on the West Coast and Canadian Arctic. He was the lead investigator in the television documentary Lost Nuke, which first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2004. Dirk lives on Cortes Island, BC.

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Lost Nuke: The Last Flight of Bomber 075

Lost Nuke assembles information and opinions regarding the disappearance of a US plane carrying a nuclear bomb over the northern BC coast in 1950, and the subsequent discovery of the plane’s wreckage in the mountains of northern BC three years later. The government’s lack of transparency around the incident and the outstanding unanswered questions are placed before the reader. Admitting that he risks being called a “conspiracy theorist”, the author includes in his narrative “all possible scenarios, however unlikely” as to the final disposition of the nuclear bomb concluding that: “The real truth may remain hidden forever in a shroud of deceit, misinformation and myth.”

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

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