B-52 Bomber Ejection Seat Believed Found In Maine

05/25/2012 12:02 pm ET | Updated May 31, 2012

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, Maine -- A forest ranger has found what's believed to be an ejection seat from a B-52 bomber that crashed on a western Maine mountain nearly 50 years ago, killing seven airmen.

The Maine Forest Service said Tuesday that ranger Bruce Reed found the seat on an overgrown logging road while hunting last fall on Elephant Mountain near Greenville. Reed returned to the site Saturday to take photos and record identification numbers to confirm it came from the B-52.

A recovery team plans to retrieve the seat on Thursday.

The unarmed B-52 went down Jan. 24, 1963, while on a training mission out of Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. The forest service says the seat is the one that probably saved the life of either the jet's pilot or its navigator.

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This May 17, 2012, photo provided by the Maine Forest Service shows a B-52 bomber ejection seat found by Forest Ranger Bruce Reed near Greenville, Maine. (AP Photo/Maine Forest Service, Bruce Reed)