Air Safety: A New Use for Old Bombers: A New Use for Old Bombers

A New Use for Old Bombers

Authorities in Tucson recently learned that explosives will be detonated in more than two-dozen aircraft beginning this week, but they are not trying to stop the bombings. In this case the Federal Aviation Administration will have a hand in the blasting.

Thanks to last year's disarmament agreements with the former Soviet Union, 30 B-52 bombers are among the weapons that will be destroyed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The demolition provides the FAA with a chance to learn how to design passenger airliners that are more resistant to terrorist explosives. "The B-52s are a real windfall," says Lyle Malotky, the FAA's...

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