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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 12:18 PM
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35. neither had an accident like TMI, or
sorry I see a fuckup that will cost someone a career and command, not a government plot to nuke something.

like this one near SJAFB /

A quick google reveals dozens of these. More than 20 live nuclear weapons have been lost.

or this one
17 January 1966: One of the most embarrassing accidents in the history of nuclear weapons occurred when a B-52 Stratofortress carrying four B-28 thermonuclear bombs suffered a mid-air collision with a KC-135 tanker. The B-52 was on airborne alert and conducting a routine air refueling operation while returning to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. The bomber was attempting its third refueling over the village of Palomares, Spain, when the nozzle of the tanker's boom struck the plane. The boom ripped open the B-52 causing it to break into pieces while the KC-135's payload of jet fuel exploded, destroying the aircraft and killing its crew of seven. The debris of the two planes scattered over 100 square miles (260 sq km). One of the bomber's four weapons came down on land with minor damage while a second was lost in the ocean. This Broken Arrow was later recovered intact after one of the largest search and recovery operations ever mounted. The three-month search required 33 ships and over 3,000 Navy personnel before the weapon was recovered. While these two weapons suffered little damage, the high explosive casing of the other two bombs detonated upon impacting land spreading low levels of radioactive contamination over Palomares and the surrounding area. To avoid further danger, the US spent enormous sums to transport 1,400 tons of contaminated soil and vegetation from Spain to the United States for storage.

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