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2022-08-26 6:44:36 AM  
but within the U.S., the government prefers to use trucks and trains....

They haven't used trains in many years. Wikipedia stub. Apparently they gave some of the cars to a railroad museum in Amarillo, Texas.
 
2022-08-26 7:28:40 AM  
Has anyone checked the basement at Mar a Lago?
 
2022-08-26 7:47:14 AM  
Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
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2022-08-26 8:52:48 AM  

Unobtanium: but within the U.S., the government prefers to use trucks and trains....

They haven't used trains in many years. Wikipedia stub. Apparently they gave some of the cars to a railroad museum in Amarillo, Texas.


I can't believe they ever transported nukes in a conspicuous target like that.  Sticking them in a standard (on the outside) boxcar would be far more secure.
 
2022-08-26 8:53:15 AM  
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2022-08-26 8:55:15 AM  

EvilEgg: Has anyone checked the basement at Mar a Lago?



Jimmy Fallon, is that you?
 
2022-08-26 9:01:03 AM  

RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
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They also made a good documentary out of it.
 
2022-08-26 9:01:36 AM  
They're not in the Oval Office:
Dubya done looked


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2022-08-26 9:03:33 AM  

Great_Milenko: Unobtanium: but within the U.S., the government prefers to use trucks and trains....

They haven't used trains in many years. Wikipedia stub. Apparently they gave some of the cars to a railroad museum in Amarillo, Texas.

I can't believe they ever transported nukes in a conspicuous target like that.  Sticking them in a standard (on the outside) boxcar would be far more secure.


Security through obscurity, eh?
 
2022-08-26 9:09:30 AM  
They check the lost and found at the Applebee's?
 
2022-08-26 9:16:37 AM  

RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
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That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?
 
2022-08-26 9:19:19 AM  
Is Doc Brown building another time machine?
 
2022-08-26 9:36:37 AM  
You can't expect to us to know where EVERY SINGLE nuke is ALL THE TIME jeeze.
 
2022-08-26 9:40:41 AM  
No promises..

<looks over at the new arm growing>
 
2022-08-26 9:42:13 AM  
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2022-08-26 9:42:57 AM  

dryknife: They're not in the Oval Office:
Dubya done looked


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How not to fart in the Oval Office.
 
2022-08-26 9:43:33 AM  

OhioUGrad: That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?


that was a b-52 crash in 1961, so not "fell out of an airplane" exactly.  The plane broke up on approach.
 
2022-08-26 9:45:58 AM  

OhioUGrad: RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
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That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?


Yes.

One switch was in the correct position before the plane disintegrated.

/The bomb core was buried so deep in some guy's driveway that even the army couldn't get it out.
 
2022-08-26 10:02:35 AM  

EvilEgg: Has anyone checked the basement at Mar a Lago?


Or maybe a Sealab. Better send someone down....

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2022-08-26 10:06:28 AM  
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Cynthia Nixon was pretty cute in '86.  I like her hipster braid.
 
2022-08-26 10:26:59 AM  
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.
 
2022-08-26 10:35:10 AM  
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2022-08-26 10:49:40 AM  

Great_Milenko: Unobtanium: but within the U.S., the government prefers to use trucks and trains....

They haven't used trains in many years. Wikipedia stub. Apparently they gave some of the cars to a railroad museum in Amarillo, Texas.

I can't believe they ever transported nukes in a conspicuous target like that.  Sticking them in a standard (on the outside) boxcar would be far more secure.


If they used a transport device which looked like a standard boxcar, they would prefer for us to not know. The hard part would be in transporting the guards inconspicuously.
 
2022-08-26 10:52:23 AM  
Unrecovered is not "lost."
Example, the Goldsboro NC device isn't recovered, but they know the area it's in, so they bought the land around it.  It's not lost, it's just not realistically recoverable.
 
2022-08-26 11:18:37 AM  

Slypork: 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.


When you lose six, is that a "Broken Quiver", or just a couple of "Split Ends?"
 
2022-08-26 11:35:24 AM  

FormlessOne: Slypork: 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.

When you lose six, is that a "Broken Quiver", or just a couple of "Split Ends?"


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2022-08-26 11:51:57 AM  

Slypork: FormlessOne: Slypork: 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.

When you lose six, is that a "Broken Quiver", or just a couple of "Split Ends?"

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Meh. Bad archery jokes are like bad Travolta movies - they may miss their mark, but they usually hit something...
 
2022-08-26 12:06:49 PM  
"By the slightest margin of chance, literally the failure of two wires to cross, a nuclear explosion was averted," McNamara was quoted as saying in an article by The Guardian.

Sleep tight!
 
2022-08-26 12:16:51 PM  
Decades ago ... *yawn*
 
2022-08-26 12:53:22 PM  

FormlessOne: Slypork: 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.

When you lose six, is that a "Broken Quiver", or just a couple of "Split Ends?"


You should write some letters to your friends
 
2022-08-26 12:58:16 PM  

RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
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Records of flying saucers fuking with our nuke missils too.

Watch Phenomenon (2020)

These incusions have military records of them
 
2022-08-26 12:59:38 PM  

Incog_Neeto: You can't expect to us to know where EVERY SINGLE nuke is ALL THE TIME jeeze.


Yes true!

They can be so silly.
 
2022-08-26 1:00:44 PM  

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....their only job....was to get the hell out of new york city.....
 
2022-08-26 1:01:55 PM  

Morning Horsefarts: OhioUGrad: RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
[Fark user image 244x373]

That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?

Yes.

One switch was in the correct position before the plane disintegrated.

/The bomb core was buried so deep in some guy's driveway that even the army couldn't get it out.


No prob

Should be good for a thousand years or so, sir
 
2022-08-26 1:03:04 PM  

FormlessOne: Slypork: 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.

When you lose six, is that a "Broken Quiver", or just a couple of "Split Ends?"


Thats an atrocious
 
2022-08-26 1:04:08 PM  

Samfucious: Decades ago ... *yawn*


Everything is so much safer now


Giggle
 
2022-08-26 1:56:14 PM  
There was a salvage mission about 10 years ago looking for Broken Arrow (The Tybee/Hilton Head one). There wasn't much found, but the best guess is the bomb is about 250' of water about 40 miles SSE of Port Royal Light and outside of the main Savannah shipping lane. Doubtful salvage will ever be successful.
 
2022-08-26 2:31:52 PM  

toetag: OhioUGrad: That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?

that was a b-52 crash in 1961, so not "fell out of an airplane" exactly.  The plane broke up on approach.


Thanks. I couldn't remember details as it has been years since I heard the story and thought it was more recent.

Morning Horsefarts: OhioUGrad: RolandTGunner: Read this for more insomnia-inducing stories.
It's staggering how many near misses there have been and an absolute miracle there hasn't been an accidental detonation.
Also, Curtis Lemay was batshiat crazy.
[Fark user image 244x373]

That looks pretty old. Is it recent enough to have the story that surfaced a few years ago about some that fell out of an airplane (I believe over NC) but failed to detonate for some rudimentary fail-safe?

Yes.

One switch was in the correct position before the plane disintegrated.

/The bomb core was buried so deep in some guy's driveway that even the army couldn't get it out.


Some guy's driveway isn't the interesting Godzilla origin story I was hoping for.
 
2022-08-26 3:20:15 PM  

Another Government Employee: There was a salvage mission about 10 years ago looking for Broken Arrow (The Tybee/Hilton Head one). There wasn't much found, but the best guess is the bomb is about 250' of water about 40 miles SSE of Port Royal Light and outside of the main Savannah shipping lane. Doubtful salvage will ever be successful.


Or it was already recovered.
 
2022-08-26 5:14:25 PM  

WelldeadLink: The hard part would be in transporting the guards inconspicuously.


Buy some passenger cars and obscure them by putting some logos on the side. The FRRA has a few of these:

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They are used as track geometry cars (measure the specs of the tracks as the train moves). We could equip some cars and label them as Railroad Police of (insert railroad) and put federal guards on them, with the guards wearing Railroad Police patches and uniforms.
 
2022-08-26 8:01:04 PM  
Supposedly during the 70s and 80s the ICBM launch codes were all set to 00000000, because the people charged with implementing the safeguards felt that the entire concept was just an inconvenient hassle, and worse  than the possibility of an inside unauthorized launch.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040404013440/http://www.cdi.org/blair/permissive-action-links.cfm
 
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