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.
On February 13, 1950, the crew of B-36B, serial 44-92075 was forced to abandon the Peacemaker in icing conditions after flame was seen coming from three engines, which were then shut down.
They jettisoned an unarmed Mk 4 nuclear bomb off the coast of British Columbia before the crew bailed out. George of the 7th Bomb Wing B-36 Association has provided some information about the events surrounding the crash: The aircraft was returning from Alaska when it crashed in British Columbia, Canada.
There are three engines still in pretty good shape - whether they and the guns are worth salvaging I couldn't say.