STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A historical marker to commemorate a 1966 military aircraft crash in central Kentucky will be dedicated on Saturday.
The crash happened more than 45 years ago, on Dec. 12, 1966, during the Cold War. The Kentucky Historical Society says the Air Force B-58 "Hustler" was returning from a training mission to Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Indiana when it crashed into a hillside in Lincoln County.
The Historical Society says residents of nearby McKinney found the wreckage in a large, fiery crater after waking to the sound of the explosion. The three crew members died - the pilot, Maj. Richard F. Blakeslee; the navigator, Maj. Floyd E. Acker; and the defense systems operator, Capt. C. Dale Lunt.
Citizens of Lincoln County are sponsoring the marker in Stanford.
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