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Air Force Ends Hunt for 4 A-10 Bombs

September 17, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Frustrated and puzzled after a more than two-month sweep, the Air Force gave up the search for the four 500-pound bombs from an A-10 warplane that crashed mysteriously in the Rockies. During the search of 13,300-foot Gold Dust Peak, Air Force crews recovered the remains of A-10 pilot Capt. Craig Button along with nine tons of debris from the 13-ton aircraft, but they found no trace of the bombs. Radar, reconnaissance flights and magnetometer devices were used in the hunt for the bombs, the general said.

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