…other than that, we’re all secure.
It bewilders some of us who worked around nuclear weapons how six nuclear missiles could be strapped to a B-52 and flown 1500 miles across the United States and not be noticed. You know, they do have red signs on them for a reason? Many years ago, I worked around nuclear-loaded B-52s. They never took off with nukes on them because it was risky. This was the policy since around 1968 after six B-52s had crashed from 1959-1968 carrying nukes.
The bombs were loaded at Minot AFB, North Dakota, and flown 1500 miles to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana on a B-52. These “bombs” were attached to Advanced Cruise Missiles. They were even mounted under the bombers’ wings in plain site. They have yields of between 5 and 150 kilotons. Yikes. Although the warheads were not activated, this is still a very serious incident.
Pending the completion of the investigation, the squadron commander in charge of the munitions has been relieved and the crews responsible for loading them were relieved from working on or around nuclear weapons. Someone signed them out and that someone is in big trouble.
Of course there’s some propaganda being spread saying this was a whistle-blower telling us the Bush Administration is getting ready to use nukes on Iran. That’s kind of far-fetched in that they would not transport them to Barksdale AFB “strapped” under the wings of a B-52, but instead use cargo aircraft like the C-17 or the C-130.