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Friday, June 13, 2014

On a January night in 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber broke in half while flying over eastern North Carolina. From the belly of the B-52 fell two bombs -- two nuclear bombs that hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro. A disaster worse than the devastation wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki could have befallen the United States that night. But it didn't, thanks to a series of fortunate missteps. Declassified documents that the National Security Archive released this week offered new details about the incident. The blaring headline read: "Multi-Megaton Bomb Was Virtually 'Armed' When It Crashed to Earth."

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Obama's fault!

#2 | Posted by censored at 2014-06-13 10:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

South Carolina was nearly nuked too.

You almost suspect those darn yankees in the military still hold a grudge over that little disturbance we kicked up about a century before the "accidental" near nukeings.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-06-13 11:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yea, it's the North that holds a grudge.

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-06-13 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

dog only knows what disarray our military would currently be in if boaz had never had the opportunity to grace it for the past three decades with his presence and worldview...

Agreed. And the effect on three strippers in Seoul Korea would have never happened either..:)

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-13 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Agreed. And the effect on three strippers in Seoul Korea would have never happened either..:)

Is that why the South Koreans don't believe the story about blacks being well hung? :)

#6 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-06-13 12:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 2

Is that why they call Boaz "Pencil D"?

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-06-13 01:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

The Defense Department has disclosed 32 accidents involving nuclear weapons between 1950 and 1980. There are at least 21 declassified accounts between 1950 and 1968 of aircraft-related incidents in which nuclear weapons were lost, accidentally dropped, jettisoned for safety reasons or on board planes that crashed. The accidents occurred in various U.S. states, Greenland, Spain, Morocco and England, and over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Another five accidents occurred when planes were taxiing or parked.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-13 03:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

This isn't news.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-13 04:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

That was waaaaaay to close for comfort.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-13 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Old news....

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-06-13 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Old news...."

Probably why it says 1961 in the headline.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-13 08:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

The B-52 was flying over North Carolina on January 24, 1961, when it suffered a "failure of the right wing," the report said.

As the plane broke apart, the two bombs plummeted toward the ground. The parachute opened on one; it didn't on the other.

"The impact of the aircraft breakup initiated the fuzing sequence for both bombs," the summary of the documents said.

In other words, both weapons came alarmingly close to detonating.

Weapon 1, the bomb whose parachute opened, landed intact. Fortunately, the safing pins that provided power from a generator to the weapon had been yanked -- preventing it from going off.

Weapon 2, the second bomb with the unopened parachute, landed in a free fall. The impact of the crash put it in the "armed" setting. Fortunately -- once again -- it damaged another part of the bomb needed to initiate an explosion.

#13 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-06-14 01:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

damn, I hate to admit it but I never heard these reports before, frakkin' scary. Thanks for the posting the story.

#14 | Posted by danv at 2014-06-14 07:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Bill O'Reily is still hoping for a nuke to fall on San Francisco he is not prejudice though, he could care less who's nuke it is,

#15 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-14 07:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Heard about this decades ago; apparently they are hard up for a news story.

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-14 09:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Some of the reports were recently declassified MSGT so now there are more details including just how close a thing it was. So old news but new update.

#17 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-06-15 09:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

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