1956 B-47 disappearance

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1956 B-47 disappearance
B47E in flight.jpg
A B-47E Stratojet similar to the incident aircraft.
Date 10 March 1956
Summary Missing, status unknown
Site Mediterranean sea
Aircraft type Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Operator United States Air Force
Registration 52-534
Flight origin MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, United States
Destination Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco
Passengers 0
Crew 3
Fatalities Unknown
Injuries Unknown
Survivors Unknown

The 1956 B-47 disappearance occurred on 10 March 1956 over the Mediterranean Sea.


A Boeing B-47 Stratojet took off from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, in the United States for a non-stop flight to Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco[1] and completed the first aerial refueling without incident.[2]

After descending through solid cloud cover to begin the second refueling, at 14,000 feet (4,300 m), B-47E serial number 52-534,[1] failed to make contact with its tanker.[3]

The unarmed aircraft was transporting two different capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases; a nuclear detonation was not possible.[4]


Despite an extensive search, no debris or bodies were ever found, and the crash site has never been located.[5]