|Scooped by Haley Olsen|
This article detailed Alvin's adventure of finding the lost B28FI Thermonuclear bomb that had fell from the sky into the Mediterranean Sea after the B-52 Stratofortress, carrying four of these bombs, exploded over the southeastern coast of Spain in 1966. On March 15, Alvin found the bomb 2,550 feet below the surface in the murky darkness. After it was found, ALvin and another submersible "Aluminaut" took turns trying to attach lifting lines to the parachute to raise it to the surface. In fear it would slide further down the 70-degree slope where it laid, an attempt was made to lift it. With only a single nylon line attached to the parachute and bomb, after an hour of reeling in the line, the bomb was 50 ft below the surface. However, a LCM-8 ["Mike Boat"] broke from its mooring post and hurtled across the deck and in the chaos the lifting line snapped and the bomb plummeted back into the depths. On April 2, nine days after the line had snapped, the bomb was relocated, 120 yards from its original position, in 2,800 feet of water. This time, however, CURV (Cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle) was used to attach the grappling lines. On April 7, the bomb was successfully lifted to the surface of the USS Albany (CG-10).
*The viewing of this bomb was the first and last display of a nuclear bomb.*
"Seven lives had been lost, a sailor seriously injured, and two aircraft destroyed, but after 80 days the sea had surrendered her prize."
--I plan to use this article in support of one of my sub-topics about one of Alvin's more famous feats of finding the Air Force's lost H-bomb.--
Pierson, David S. "Lost In The Sky Founds In The Sea." Naval History 23.3 (2009): 50. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.