ARMED FORCES: Mystery Crash

Buildings shuddered and windows rattled in & around Richmond, Ind. (pop. 40,000) one afternoon last week as 70 silvery F-84 Thunderjets of the Strategic Air Command streaked overhead. The planes had just taken off from Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, about 45 miles away, were climbing on the second leg of a 1,220-mile training flight to Michigan. People on the ground saw several of the planes enter a thunderhead, flash out into the clear again. Suddenly, a series of explosions seemed to rip through the formations. Within seconds, eight planes had crashed to earth in a 25-mile area around Richmond....

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