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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by willie_pete, Oct 24, 2020.
Tater tots corn and beans... looks like an explosion right there!
9 Nov 1979. I remember that night well. Scary.
"Sleep Tight; Your AF Is Awake"
"The US Air Force lost 4 nuclear bombs in Spain"
Well, I feel safer already...how about everyone else?
Well, they DID finally find them all ( or at least pieces / parts ).
The Navy still has a few lost.
At the Quebec 01 IIRC they said 400 Minuteman III. @ 6000 nukes of which over 2000 are being dismantled. I think that was all services. This was a Peacekeeper site. 10 multiple re-entry warheads per missile. (They are all gone). Decommissioned. (I might have gotten info mixed but I think what was said)
LAST oops in history!
I was stationed at Dyess when the alert lights came on and it wasn’t at 14:30 (test done daily). Uh oh. The B-52’s started launching and the NBC gear was being brought out at the base hospital.
The mistake was quickly rectified and everything calmed down. Sure was exciting while it lasted. We were considered to be number 3 on the Soviet’s target list. Something to do with these “devices” that no one was supposed to talk about.
Dyess was real high on that list when I was stationed there.
Gave us a nice “warm” feeling.
About 100 million degrees worth.
Victor Alert, RAF Upper Heyford, Aug. 1979 - Aug. 1983. Fun times.
Guess I was to early. I don't remember ever doing duck and cover, but I grew up in the 50's. In the mid sixties, I'd have been launching.
I remember it being where you put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.
I didn't know what a B-61 so I read up on them. This is from the write-up: "According to the Federation of American Scientists in 2012, the roughly 400 B61-12s will cost $28 million apiece."
$28 million for one bomb?
It's a really good bomb.
I remember the duck and cover exercises in the Memphis City Schools in the early 60s, I went in the Air Force as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist building these puppies, the MK-12A Reentry System for the Minuteman III..
Things got a little weird one night in 1973 with the Yom Kippur War...we were building spare warheads in case there was a war and we got a chance for a second strike...yeah, I know...Ivan was going to crater everything from Cheyenne to Omaha...but SAC told us to, so we did...you always did what SAC said to do...I never got to work gravity nukes like the B-61 and B-43 except in the schoolhouse....I cross-trained into conventional munitions...F-4Es baby, the Phantom....(This was at the front gate until a tornado tore the Hell out of the St Louis Lambert Field area...)
The B-61 is a " dial-a-yield " nuke; helpful in limiting fallout. The -12 has earth penetrating capability for targets that are buried underground. The size of a weapon needed to kill a target buried underground is reduced by 10 to 20 times if it can be made to explode underground; again limiting fallout.
Think of the B-61-12 as a " socially responsible " bomb and socially responsible bomb making comes at a cost.
That's not a MIRV.
THIS is a MIRV.
I was in Titan when that war started, but I wasn't on alert.
Talking to guys that were on alert; yeah, things got weird.
Peacekeeper came after me. Lot's of my friends worked on it.
We used to refer to it as "Dial A Kill".
Probably not to a SAC general's face though.