With non-stop, wall-to-wall coverage and conjecturing about the missing Malaysian jetliner, the media has failed to mention this could be a piece of history repeating itself.
Interestingly enough, it was on March 10, 1956, when a B-47 Stratojet left MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, on a secret mission and never returned.
Air Force Capt. Robert Howe Hodgin, 31, was in command of the six-engine aircraft carrying two capsules of nuclear material. The capsules were not weapons and there was no detonation device onboard.
The flight disappeared somewhere over the Mediterranean Ocean.
While some of today’s sophisticated technology had yet to be developed, the military's extensive search of the suspected “downing site” revealed nothing; no debris, no bodies, nothing.
The B-47, developed by Boeing as a long-range jet bomber, was one of four to leave MacDill in the middle of the night on the mysterious mission; final destination, Morocco.
According to an official report:
The jet flew into a cloud bank and visibility was poor. The base of the cloud bank was 14,500 feet and the jet was supposed to link up with the tanker at 14,000 feet. It never made it.
To this day, there has never been one word, one siting, one hint of what might have happened to the B-47, its flight crew, or its cargo, remaining the biggest mystery in the history of the Air Force.
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