Flight engineer Captain Samuel Baker retarded the spark, set the mixture controls to "normal", and set the engine RPMs to 2,500 to increase the power from the remaining engines.Unknown to Captain Baker, the vibration from the guns had disabled the electrical systems controlling the spark settings and fuel mixture.It descended about 1,000 feet and its airspeed bled off to 135 miles per hour. The flight engineer attempted to increase engine speed to 2,650 RPM and enrich the fuel mixture, but got no response from the engines except for severe backfiring. Although the fuses appeared to be intact, he replaced the master turbo fuse and all of the individual turbo fuses.
The wreck is located in an area that is helicopter access only, and was basically destroyed by impact with the side of a mountain. Walter Ross, and Co-pilot Captain Wilbur Evans, and a crew of thirteen took off from Carswell AFB in B-36B, 44-92035 of the 26th Bomb Squadron of the 7th Bomb Wing at A. Immediately after take-off, the #4 alternator would not stay in parallel with the other three alternators, so it was taken off-line and de-excited three minutes into the flight. Then the APG-3 radar for the tail turret started acting up, so S/Sgt. Immediately afterward, radar operator Captain James Yeingst notified Hildebrandt that the APQ-24 radar set blew up and was smoking.
However, one wing, an engine, and part of the fuselage are in very good shape considering the crash appears to have happened in the 1950's. About one minute after the #4 alternator was shut down, flames 8 to 12 feet long erupted from around the air plug of the number-one engine. Six minutes after take-off, the flight engineer shut down the number-one engine, feathered its propeller, and expended one of its Methyl bromide fire extinguishing bottles. Vibration from the firing of the guns was causing shorting between the internal components of the radar. The cannons in the left forward upper turret and the left rear upper turret stopped firing.
The pilot claimed that the propellors switched to reverse thrust on take-off, but he was not believed.
Later another Peacemaker had a propellor on each wing switch to reverse thrust on approach to landing at Carswell AFB, which corroborated the story of the pilot whose B-36 had ended up in Lake Worth.
Whether or not it was a real device or a "dumb" bomb for training is still a mystery.
We did find four spare detonators and the "suitcase" for a Mark IV device in the wreckage suggesting there may have been an actual nuclear device on board minus the plutonium warhead.
There are three engines still in pretty good shape - whether they and the guns are worth salvaging I couldn't say.
That is up to the experts in aircraft re-building to decide. A more complete description of the survey of the wreckage is available at Don Pyeatt's B-36 web site.
Back in the late 1950s Creamies was asked by a grade school principal to make a frozen treat with milk instead of sugar water.
Creamies developed an ice milk bar made with real fruit and other natural flavorings that the children and their parents loved.
The aircraft was taking part in cold weather maneuvers and was returning to home base.