More than 50 years ago on January 24, 1963, a B-52 bomber crashed in Maine after departing from Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

The plane hit some turbulence while flying over Maine and the vertical tail broke off causing the plane to crash into Elephant Mountain in western Maine.

Seven people died in the Maine wilderness but two survived. One of the survivors was Col. Dante ‘Dan’ Bulli who was at the controls during the crash but after his recovery he continued to fly B-52 bombers during the cold war.

Col. Dan passed away recently more than 50 years later in Omaha, Nebraska. According to, he was 94 years old.




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