We are rapidly closing in on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Let's hear the scary stories of how close we came... I'll begin. Years ago, I had the privilege of knowing a retired Navy veteran. In October of 1962 he was assigned to the flight deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise. He explained that as the days "ticked by" the degree of tension in the air was steadily increasing. Even on board ship, it was clear that things were different this time. There came a point (on what they would later learn was a climax moment), where things became "real". He explained that attack aircraft were bought up to the flight deck, (nothing unusual about that). Planes fueled, again nothing unusual. Flight checked and all the rest. Then there came a point where (what he called) the "Atom bombs" were brought to the deck and attached to several planes. Attaching one in practice was routine in the training, however he never observed it occur on more than one aircraft at a time. (This time there were several). Then, the thing that he explained worried him the most. The "Arming kits" were brought to a ready area where the bombs could be fused in minutes. THAT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE (or after). Thirty years later you could still tell how "spooked" he was by this. As we obviously know things worked out for the best, but scary moment indeed. Now, what's your story?