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Tampa Bay, FL Bomber Explodes Over Bay, Apr 1958

BOMBER EXPLODES DURING TORNADO.

St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP) -- A B-47 Stratojet bomber exploded with a thunderous noise 800 feet above heavily traveled Sunshine Skyway during a tornado Tuesday. Four airmen were killed.
The plane plunged into Tampa Bay. Some wreckage fell on both sides of the causeway and span.
The B-47 had left MacDill Air Base at Tampa on a training flight. A few moments later, skies darkened, turning day almost as black as night. Then came lightning flashes and heavy rains.
What sounded like a piercing clap of thunder struck above the Skyway. That was the explosion. The sky lit up with the flames from the blast.
MacDill Air Force Base announced the dead were:
Maj. JAMES B. CARTER, 34, instructor pilot and aircraft commander. He was a native of Charleston, S.C.
Maj. RICHARD M. MARTIN, instructor navigator, 36, of Madison, Ga.
Capt. WILLIAM F. FERREIRA, 33, student pilot, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Capt. GERALD B. JOHNSON, 35, student pilot, Salina, Kans.

Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1958-04-16

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