Deadly B-52 crash remembered in Maine

6:04 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
Ejection seat as found by Maine Forest Ranger Bruce Reed Courtesy: Maine Forest Service
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ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) - A 50th anniversary remembrance of a deadly B-52 bomber crash in Maine featured one of the two survivors.

Retired Air Force navigator Gerald Adler traveled from California for the event at Elephant Mountain, where seven crew members died during the crash on a training mission in January 1963.

About 75 attended the somber event in driving rain on Saturday.

Among them was the medic who dropped from a helicopter to rescue Adler. They hadn't seen each other since that fateful day.

The B-52 crash in Maine and another the same month in New Mexico helped to reveal a structural weakness that caused the vertical stabilizer to snap off under certain conditions. B-52s bombers remain in service today, thanks to improvements that were made after the crashes

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