Crosbyton, TX Hustler Bomber Crashes, June 1960
THREE MEN ARE FEARED DEAD IN HUSTLER BOMBER CRASH.
Lubbock, Tex. (AP) -- A supersonic B-58 bomber crashed during a raging thunderstorm and carried three men to death late Saturday.
Peace officers who found the bodies radioed there was no trace of survivors near a huge crater dug by the craft. It broke up on a farm about 40 miles east of here in West Texas.
The B-58, an intercontinental bomber named the Hustler, ordinarily carries a three-man crew.
Strategic Air Command officials identified the ship as one owned and manned by employes of the Convair division of General Dynamics Corp. Convair builds the 15-million-dollar craft at its Fort Worth, Tex., plant.
A Convair spokesman said a B-58 took off from Kirtland Air Force Base at Albuquerque, N. M., and was more than two hours overdue in Fort Worth at 9 p.m.
Deputy Sheriff Bob Hale at Crosbyton, near the scene, said peace officers had found no survivors but were checking a report that a farm laborer saw a parachute billow from the plane.
The victims of the crash were:
Pilot JACK LEE BALDRIDGE, 44.
Flight Engineer HUGH D. COLEMAN, 42.
Flight Test Engineer CHARLES T. JONES, all civilians from Fort Worth.
Open parachutes were found near their bodies. Convair and the Air Force wanted to know whether ejection killed them, whether air blast was a factor, whether they hit the ground too hard or whether they were dragged by wind.
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph 1960-06-05