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17/01/1966 Palomares B-52 crashes

The Palomares B-52 crash occurred when a B-52G bomber of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refueling at 31,000 feet over the Mediterranean Sea. The KC-135 was destroyed, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members.


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  • Accident 

  • Weapons recovery 

  • Contamination 

  • Political consequences 

  • Cleanup 

  • Aftermath 

  • Popular culture references