KC135Hydraulics
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B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:48 pm

Hey all,

In reference to the B-52H that lost its vertical stabilizer during the low level test flight near Mora, NM in 1964, does anyone know what became of the actual section of vertical stabilizer? I am curious if it was ever located, and if so, was it recovered or not? If it was located but not recovered, does anyone have a location? I wanted to look at some satellite photos of the location and see if I can spot it on the ground if it's still there!

Thanks!
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Re: B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:14 pm

As far as I know, the vertical stab has never been found.
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Re: B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:37 pm

KC135Hydraulics wrote:
Hey all,

In reference to the B-52H that lost its vertical stabilizer during the low level test flight near Mora, NM in 1964, does anyone know what became of the actual section of vertical stabilizer? I am curious if it was ever located, and if so, was it recovered or not? If it was located but not recovered, does anyone have a location? I wanted to look at some satellite photos of the location and see if I can spot it on the ground if it's still there!

Thanks!


According to this fascinating video, the stabilizer broke off near Aguilar, CO or near East Spanish Peak, CO. It might help if you started your search near here instead of NM.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJuEAQbxWRo
 
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Re: B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:58 pm

I watched that video and it sparked my interest so I dug a little deeper and found that the exact location was closer to 5 miles east of Mora, NM. I wish I could find out more information about this.
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Re: B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:58 pm

Can you let us in on how you know it was near Mora when the vertical stabilizer came unglued?
 
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Re: B-52H Vertical Stabilizer Loss (where is the tail?)

Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:15 pm

The story I was always told, when I was there, is that it’s the tail in front the then ops building at Minot AFB. (Only the top 3-4’ of it). Lat 48.4194 Lon -101.3460
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