OK, I (over)heard this a few weeks ago in a conversation between two chaps in the same line with *me. Here’s what one guy was telling:
“I knew a guy in Wichita Falls who was a crewman on a B-52. One day, while they were in flight, he accidentally bumped something that opened up an access panel, and sucked him out. They later found his body on a water tower.”
The guy was definitely serious in his account of this (whether he was sincere, or just a poker face), but I didn’t buy it. And if I had been part of the conversation, I would definitely have pressed for more details.
It also seems that something this freakish would be more-or-less well known, especially in the Wichita Falls (I’m pretty sure it was Wichita Falls, not Wichita) area, so the GQ’s are:
If you’re familiar with this account did it happen?
How “easily” could this have happened?
In my opinion, it smacks of UL to most charitable, and pure BS at the least charitable. Am I off-base?
*Waiting to ride the tram to the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, NM, if you’re interested.