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Dropping Nuclear Bombs on Spain the Palomares Accident of 1966 and the U.S. Airborne Alert

Title: Dropping Nuclear Bombs on Spain the Palomares Accident of 1966 and the U.S. Airborne Alert.
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Name(s): Megara, John, author
Friedman, Max Paul, professor directing thesis
Jumonville, Neil, committee member
Creswell, Michael, committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: On January 17, 1966, a U.S. B-52 bomber collided with a KC-135 tanker plane while refueling, causing both planes and four unarmed hydrogen bombs to fall near the Spanish village of Palomares. The conventional explosives in two of the bombs detonated causing radioactive plutonium to be spread over the village, and one bomb was missing in the Mediterranean Sea for nearly eighty days. The accident strained the already controversial relations with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's regime, and renewed criticism both in the United States and Spain of the U.S. maintenance of military bases on Spanish territory. This thesis examines the reasoning of the U.S. government in continuing a program of flying nuclear armed bombers over its allies despite the serious foreign relations fallout that resulted from the Palomares accident.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2502 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: March 29, 2006.
Keywords: Hydrogen Bomb Accident
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Max Paul Friedman, Professor Directing Thesis; Neil Jumonville, Committee Member; Michael Creswell, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2502
Owner Institution: FSU

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Megara, J. (2006). Dropping Nuclear Bombs on Spain the Palomares Accident of 1966 and the U.S. Airborne Alert. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2502