kimwim: Did they ever find them?/dnrtfa
cgraves67: It's such a compelling story that it gets reported on the internet several times a year. So yes, I remember. We all do. And we aren't likely to forget any time soon because the internet keeps bringing it up.
DoctorWhat: How often has this same incident shown up on fark? Or did something similar happen several times?
J.Shelby: Here is a prior one:http://www.fark.com/comments/7942081/Classified-documents-reveal-tha t- US-almost-detonated-a-nuclear-bomb-over-North-Carolina-in-1960s-thinki ng-a-healthy-dose-of-radiation-might-be-beneficial-to-gene-pool-there
Slaxl: A cow was killed and residents of Albuquerque terrified when a B-36 aircraft transporting a nuclear bomb from Texas to New Mexico fell through the bomb bay doors from 1,700 feet and detonatedA B-36 carrying a nuclear bomb fell through the bomb bay doors? What was carrying it?
MassD: Holy fark..... I went into the article thinking "Bah.... those things don't just go boom, even if droppped, they have to be triggered' Then I read the article and learned that the damn thing HAD triggered and all but one safety failed and it COULD have popped.That would have been brutal.... 3.8 megatons... that's a BIG boom.
JackieRabbit: I was stationed at Goldsboro (Seymore Johnson AFB) in the 1970s. It was still a SAC base with alert bombers. Because of the 1961 incident, we had to regularly go through what were known as Broken Arrow Exercises. These were to simulate an inbound uploaded bomber that was expected to crash land. After we finished prepping the flight line and getting all flyable assets into the air. Personnel were to evacuate to an area 1000 feet away from the runway. I kid you not. A bomber with two H bombs is going to crash and the devices may detonate. The entire base would have been vaporized and a crater a mile wide would have been created. So we knew it was a put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye situation and that the evacuation outside of the 1000 cordon was pure BS.
mjones73: MassD: Holy fark..... I went into the article thinking "Bah.... those things don't just go boom, even if droppped, they have to be triggered' Then I read the article and learned that the damn thing HAD triggered and all but one safety failed and it COULD have popped.That would have been brutal.... 3.8 megatons... that's a BIG boom.24 megatons.
Mike Literous: The Air Force also bombed Mars Bluff South Carolina in the 50's. Luckily the nuclear payload wasn't attached the the bomb when it accidentally fell out the the airplane. It was only a "conventional" explosion, but it left a hell of a hole.Just goes to show, a hundred years after the war, the north was still attacking the south.THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN!!!!!!111!!!!11!!!!!1!and then get nuked.
To The Escape Zeppelin!: "700 significant accidents" and not one resulted in an accidental detonation. Sounds pretty safe to me.
J.Shelby: This again. We've talked about this before on Fark. Yes, until about 1970, when the USAF decided carrying bombs in the bomb bay, or drop-ready on fighter jets was stupid, we had dozens of acccidents.
trotsky: In 1961 the Atomic Energy Commission (which then controlled the nuclear element of the bombs) managed to get SAC to start reporting accidents involving nuclear weapons. Even then, SAC held many back with the national security clause. The reported cases? Around 150.-Bombers would not only fly with armed and ready nukes, they also had more bombers on the tarmac, "cocked", meaning that they were loaded and ready to go. Just push the start button.-Operation Chrome Dome was the name for the 24/7 flying deterrent.-This all ended in 1969 with the loss of at least four H-Bombs over Spain. All four were found (one two miles deep off the coast) but the US ended up digging up and shipping something like 2 million tons of soil to Nevada because of contamination concerns. This incident ended Chrome Dome.-Another fun time was the Thule Alert Bomber. See, SAC flew a single B-52 over Thule Greenland, which was an ideal place to detect incoming Soviet bombers. In the mid-1960s it crashed while fully loaded. For a few minutes everybody in Omaha thought the balloon had went up and moved to make the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable until contact with Thule was restored. Greenland wasn't supposed to have nukes. Once the secret was out they replaced the B-52 with a modified KC-135 and no weapons.-Honestly it's a miracle nothing happened. All Airman Bumblefark had to do was drop something or accidentally arm something and BOOM. We all start shooting.-Read up on SIOP-62 and it's revision in 1990. The guy changed with revising it couldn't believe how much ordnance would get dropped on single targets. Like most Soviet targets would get multiple missiles and bombs dumped on them at different times during the execution of the SIOP. In the early '60s we had something like 6,000 warheads and thousands of bombers. The Soviets had 90 bombers of similar capability. Parity would not occur until the '70s when the Soviet ICBM arsenal worked out the kinks in missile development.
gopher321: kimwim: Did they ever find them?/dnrtfaI heard some farmer dug them up and handed them over to some Palestinian turrists who recruited an American native turrist to help smuggle the newly worked bombs into the Super Bowl to help start WW3...or maybe that's just a bad plot device.
moeburn: J.Shelby: This again. We've talked about this before on Fark. Yes, until about 1970, when the USAF decided carrying bombs in the bomb bay, or drop-ready on fighter jets was stupid, we had dozens of acccidents.They knew it was stupid since they first started doing it, they just didn't have any alternative until the ICBM was invented.
Mike Literous: THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN!!!!!!111!!!!11!!!!!1!and then get nuked.
UNC_Samurai: I live less than a twenty minute drive from that farm. I guess I should hoard bottlecaps.There's also a church near the farm that has an MGM-1 Matador in it's parking lot.
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