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EXCLUSIVE: Pilot of the F-86 involved with the Tybee bomb mystery speaks

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Placed onto the F-86 static display at the 165th Airlift Wing is the name "Clarence 'frog' Stewart".

The now 77-year-old Retired Lt. Col. Clarence Stewart was the pilot of the U.S. Air Force jet that collided with another Air Force jet just after midnight on February 5, 1958. Both aircrafts were traveling 500 miles per hour.

"It turned out I was not locked onto the airplane that I hit. I was actually locked onto the one 1,800 yards down the road and so I actually just flew through the airplane," said Stewart.

Fortunately, all crew members survived the crash, but the B-47 bomber was forced to drop a 7,000-pound nuclear bomb that was onboard. For more than 50 years, there have been a number searches aimed at finding the bomb. Many believe the 12 foot long Mark 15 explosive is still sitting on the ocean floor. But others, like Stewart, believe it no longer exists.

He said, "There are a couple of guys who say they know where the bomb is. Nobody knows. If you know anything about salt water and aluminum, they don't mix. So whatever it was is gone."

Stewart went on to fly more than 130 missions in Vietnam.

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