Thursday, November 6, 2014

How's This For Scary...?

If you think that a nuclear threats are never present inside the borders of the U.S., better think again.

The scary part is when you find out that WE caused the threat to ourselves!

Minot, North Dakota

Don’t think that fumbles with nuclear weapons are a thing of the past; the most recent such incident happened in 2007 at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

The mission was supposed to be pretty simple—deliver a load of unarmed AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles to a weapons graveyard. A dozen of them were loaded onto a B-52, six on each side. The officer in charge came and gave a quick inspection with a passing glance at the missiles on the right side before signing off on the mission. If he bothered to look on the left side, he would have noticed something quite interesting—the six missiles were all still armed with nuclear warheads, each with the power of 10 Hiroshima bombs.

This fun fact went unnoticed for the next 36 hours. During that time, the missiles flew across the country to Louisiana without any kind of safety protocols in place or any other procedure normally required when transporting nuclear weapons.

In the end, things turned out fine, which is why this incident was never classified as a broken arrow. Rather, it’s a “bent spear,” an event involving nuclear weapons of significant concern without involving detonation. Even so, when word got out, the public was quite distressed to find out exactly how easily six incredibly dangerous nuclear weapons can get misplaced through simple error.

Now, I don't know about you but this makes me more than just a little uncomfortable. Wonder how many other times something like this has happened and we were never told?

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. If it doesn't rain, we can move outside.


Rob said...

I know nothing about nuke vs non-nuke cruse missiles (or any cruse missile), but it must be hard to tell the difference if they went unnoticed through the pre-flight AND post-flight inspections and were not noticed.

Makes me wonder who counts our the warheads 'just to make sure' one didn't fall off the truck?

Good story!

Chickenmom said...

Now THAT is scary! Someone almost dropped the ball err..bomb! Raining here - I'll bring fresh rolls.

texasann said...

Wow! Can't be that difficult to see - isn't there a red flag or something? Is this what happens when we start de-funding the military - there is not adequate training? Just asking.....

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
Sort of makes you wonder, doesn't it? Someone needs a refresher course, I think!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Phyllis...
Not exactly a help fora good night's sleep, right?

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Sis...
I would think they would do everything possible to simplify the identify the active ones!

Thanks for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Those bombs are something you would not say "thanks for dropping by today". (grin) Although I would believe that there have been and continue to be many close calls that we will never hear about.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
I certainly don't want one falling in my neighborhood, much less 6!

We'll never know how many close calls we have really had, or will have.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rob said...

In the early 80's I was a flight mechanic in the Coast Guard H-52 and was traveling somewhere.

I was at an airport bar talking with a drunk air force B-52 pilot (we both flew in very different "52s") who made jokes about "door to door nuclear power".