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  1. Giles Prentice: A Broken what? Secretary Baird: Broken Arrow. It's a Class 4 Strategic Theatre Emergency. It's what we call it when we lose a nuclear weapon. Giles Prentice: I don't know what's scarier, losing nuclear weapons, or that it happens so often there's actually a term for it. Occasion loss ? To date there have been 32 since 1950. There are still half a dozen or so still missing IIRC. https://www.businessinsider.com/list-of-broken-arrow-nuclear-accidents-2013-5 And that's not counting the " Bent Spears " and " Dull Swords " - lesser incidents with nukes.
  2. He got an Article 15. The guy that was the presumed hero of the incident, Sgt. Jeff Kennedy, also got an Article 15 and left the AF soon after. Kennedy is the guy that entered the control room through the escape tunnel alone ( things lived in the escape tunnel ) to get pressure readings on the fuel tanks. He got censured for violating the 2 man policy. He later entered the silo along with Sgt. Livingston to determine fuel levels in the silo area. As they were exiting, the explosion happened; likely due to an arcing exhaust fan they were told to start. Which, in retrospect, was the wrong move given the high levels of flammable vapors in the silo. Both were injured; Livingston died at the hospital- the only death, though numerous people were injured. If you ever see a made for TV movie, " Disaster at Silo 7 " , advertised, give it a look. It was based on this incident.
  3. Back then, most crew members ( including me ) had only seen the completed RV either during an RV replacement or looking at in in the silo. The transition piece between the RV and the missile carried the decoys. Crew members and others were normally not told or not seen what the W-53 looked like . The guy that finally discovered it was probably from the RV shop. Those were the guys that mated the RV's with the warheads. For the journey it took; it was in remarkably good shape. It is thought that the bottom stage blew first sending the silo closure door ( 750 tons ) flying 200 feet away. The blast the sent the second stage along with the RV THROUGH the flying silo door. That journey stripped the outer shell of the RV off the W-53 warhead.
  4. Yeah, nothing wrong with your memory; outlined in red - bottom left . That was the road into the site. People drove by it / walked by it not knowing what it was until someone that did know said , " Wait, WHAT ! "
  5. 4-7 was a site I had pulled alerts at before. Here is the aftermath. BTW there is a nuclear warhead in this picture. Can you find it ?
  6. Lt. Reimer - in the first paragraph. My crew also had a gunfire incident - though we didn't know it at the time. Our relief crew had arrived and we were doing the changeover so we could get on the road and head home. We had not taken our locks off the safe yet, so the site was still ours. Then we lost commercial power. The standby diesel came on line, but my crew had to go out and verify dampers had switched over correctly. It was an hour long job and dirty job to boot and the on-coming crew didn't want to have anything to do with it. I would be the same way if we were just coming on, so the new crew went upstairs and had some coffee for an hour. Once my crew finished verifying that everything was copacetic, we transferred the TS documents and headed home. One our next alert out there, we found out that the power company came out to see why we lost power and found a line down - with a bullet hole in it. 😲 Someone was either F'ing with the crew or some numb nuts tried to shoot a bird off the power line and missed.
  7. Don't hold back; how do you really feel ?
  8. It was, but every once in a while, it got a bit more exciting. Crew duty was correctly described as " Hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror. "
  9. Why wait 14 days ? And now they say they have dropped the Impeachment hearings. If I am not mistaken, that means he could still run and be elected later. I sense some shenanigans.
  10. B-18 BOLO I can't find a rational reason for the name.
  11. " One a Day in Tampa Bay " They trained at MacDill AFB in Tampa during WW II. https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1257&context=tampabayhistory#:~:text=Throughout the Army%2C fliers repeated,air approaches free of obstructions.
  12. Probably not much use in asking the caretaker why he bought all that cement. They won't get a concrete answer.
  13. I warned all you guys with the
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