US Air Force Academy "Can't Find" B-52, at Least on Paper

  • Sep 30, 2013 9:47am GMT

Air Force Academy officials are scrambling to document their hoard of historic items after a Pentagon audit revealed they haven't kept proper paperwork and went years without a proper inventory.

The Defense Department Inspector General's Office checked a sampling of 25 items from the Air Force Academy's collection of more than 5,000 things with historic significance. And all 25, which included a B-52 bomber, didn't have proper paperwork.

The Humiston Collection of prisoner of war artifacts was left with 25 of its 118 items missing, investigators found. A search for the items has been ordered. Of the 25 items surveyed, eight were properly cared for, the report found.

The Air Force has pledged to get its inventory fixed, but officials say it will take months.

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