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"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? :cheers:

Well, they DID finally find them all ( or at least pieces / parts ).

The Navy still has a few lost.

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About how many ICBM's are still in service? Or is that top secret?
This is probably pretty close now. At the top there were 1000 Minuteman and 54 Titan II's

449 ICBM's and
239 SLBM's

http://nuclearforces.org/country-profiles/united-states#:~:text=United States: New START report ,336 141 1,034
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)
 

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https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-...ecqNDGGZ_R72JG6Lo9CWWtayvQ426FZGbfxviTokdTKYM




"Eight Minutes After Warning Screens Showed 1,400 Soviet ICBMS Approaching North America, on 9 November 1979, NORAD Concluded “Attack Was Underway”

William Odom on 3 June 1980 Pentagon Missile Warning Conference Call: “I Monitored the Call Last Night – Eerie”

After 3 Incidents in May and June, Secretary of Defense Brown Advised President Carter that "I Consider the Situation To Be Very Serious” "



I was on alert for one of these.

Suffice it to say , the pucker factor was high that night.


The message started something like, " For alert force, for alert force, klaxon, klaxon,klaxon”.

Right then you knew something bad was happening. The next message we got made us take the keys and poppers out of the safe and INSERT THE LAUNCH KEYS.

Only two things can happen after that; take the keys back out or turn them.


Awww, fun times; hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.

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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.
 

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I was raised in the Texas Panhandle. I wished that I had saved it, but when I was kid, LIFE Magazine published a map of the USA with red circles around the sites that would most likely be targeted for annihilation by a USSR first strike.


The Pantex Plant, located northeast of Amarillo, Texas, is the nation’s primary assembly, disassembly, retrofit, and life-extension center for nuclear weapons. Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC manages and operates the facility along with the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee under a single contract from the U.S. Department of Energy/NNSA.
Status: Still in operation.

Amarillo Air Force Base, located eight miles east of Amarillo.
The 4128th Strategic Wing was one of SAC disbursed wings (B-52 Strategic Wings). It was activated at Amarillo AFB in 1958, but did not become operational until until Feb. 20, 1960. On February 1, 1963, it was replaced by 461st Bombardment Wing. Both wings flew B-52's.
Status: Deactivated December 31, 1968
Dyess was real high on that list when I was stationed there.

Gave us a nice “warm” feeling.
About 100 million degrees worth.
 

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Victor Alert, RAF Upper Heyford, Aug. 1979 - Aug. 1983. Fun times.
 

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I remember "duck and cover" in elementary school. Growing up on Long Island, you knew you were a prime target with all the defense contractors located there.
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.
 

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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...)
 

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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.[1]"
$28 million for one bomb?
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.

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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..
That's not a MIRV.



THIS is a MIRV.

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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.
 

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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.

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We used to refer to it as "Dial A Kill".
 
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:rofl:






:thumbsup:



Probably not to a SAC general's face though.
 
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