Palomar Mountain, CA Bomber Crash, Dec 1957


Palomar Mountain, Calif. (AP) -- A fiery bomber crash in fog about a quarter-mile from the 200-inch world's biggest telescope has left three Air Force officers dead.
The six-engine B47 Stratojet plowed into this 6,000 foot peak yesterday while returning to March Air Force Base, 50 miles to the north, from a training flight.
Flames shot 100 feet high and live ammunition went off, an observatory official said.
Flying debris nicked the dome of a smaller telescope, the 48-inch Schmidt.
The victims all lived at Riverside. The Air Force gave their names and home towns as:
MAJ. TIM ESMOND, Austin, Tex., the plane's commander, of 15th Air Force headquarters, March AFB.
COL. FRANK W. ELLIS, Covington, Ky., the pilot, 15th Air Force director of operations.
CAPT. FRANK HARRADINE, Alameda, Calif., flight surgeon, stationed with the 22nd Tactical Hospital, March AFB.

The Ada Evening News Oklahoma 1957-12-19