华盛顿法新社——美国军方在星期三证实，一辆带有6枚核弹头巡航导弹的B-52轰炸机上星期穿越了差不多整个美国。一名匿名的军方官员透露这一误装事件已报告布什，可是核弹头在飞机降落在路易斯安那州的巴克斯代尔空军基地时才被发现。正当美国在讨论关于美国本土的安全警戒是不是太高的时候，空军似乎忘记了最基本的核武器安全措施。。。他们完成了FUBAR（我认为是Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition）一次混乱不堪的操作，竟然带着现有的核武器在美国大陆上飞，这种处理现有核武器的方法显然违反了军事纪律和标准操作程序。
Post; Air Force B-52 carries armed Nucs by mistake ...
B-52 carried nuclear armed cruise missiles by mistake: US
WASHINGTON (AFP) — A B-52 bomber flew the length of the United States last week loaded with six nuclear-armed cruise missiles in a major security breach, US military officials said Wednesday.The lapse was reported to President George W. Bush after the nuclear warheads were discovered when the aircraft landed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, a military official said on condition of anonymity.As the United States carries on a discussion as to how much Homeland Security is too much, the Air Force seems to have forgotten basic Nuclear Weapons Security ... they carried out a FUBAR operation when they transported live Nuclear Weapons over much of the Continental United States thus violating a veritable library of military instructions and SOPs when dealing with live Nuclear Warshots.
What do you think? Has the Air Force lost it? ... has all of the upheaval caused by Homeland Security and the total involvement with the Iraqi War completely derailed the normal security procedures that govern all aspects of the storage/transportation/usage of Nuclear First Strike Warshots?
There is absolutely NO WAY you can mistake a Nuclear Warshot for a practice BDU/Dummy Round IF you even use the slightest bit of common sense examination of the weapons as they are being unpacked from their packing cases and loaded onto a B-52 (or) any other plane capable of carrying them in a bomb bay or on a wing pylon.
I speak from experience and training ... someone really screwed the pooch on this one.
I've heard about it. Not good. Very inexuseable for the crews and pilots. We all makes mistake. But this one, that's FUBAR, yeah.
Something's real fishy about this one.
Yeah, it stinks to high heaven!
Somebody screwed up bigtime! Heads should roll!
Senior Chief, I think the title of the thread is misleading. The article you linked to doesnt say ARMED nukes, it says nuclear armed cruise missiles.
They were obsolete nuclear bombs....
Obsolete bombs can still go BANG!!
The munitions squadron commander was canned over this.
The munitions squadron commander was canned over this.
I heard they weren't posing any danger to public though
unless they fell off, or the plane crashed
which has happened in the past....they have these rules for a reason P80
There seems to be a lot of misinformation on this one. The Cold War had hundreds of near misses like this one. Now I have to ask, are B-52s not allowed to carry Nukes or is it that they may have been ARMED. If they were not ARMED I don't understand the furor and various sources are saying they were and others don't mention it and I suspect most of the hoopleheads writing the stories don't know the difference.
Personally I don't know enough about how nuclear weapons are transported within the United States. I didn't think that loading it on a B-52 was one such method.
The main issue here is, was this actually a legitimate mission that was planned and notified to all appropriate individuals or was this truly indeed a mistake? If it was a mistake, heads should roll, even if that thing was carrying a hundred rubber duckies instead of nukes.
Like I said... this story sounds kind of fishy.
Where the rubber meets the road on this one, is the fact that operational Nuclear Weapons are NOT carried in a bomb bay or on hardpoint pylons when the aircraft is being flown over the United States ... this practice was stopped many many years ago. Trans-shipment of Nuclear Warheads (or) weapons is via shipping containers and then ONLY in the cargo bays of cargo transport planes. The actual unpacking and loading of nuclear weapons onto a warplane inside the US is ONLY done setting on the tarmac at special sites and then ONLY as a Weapons Handling Excercise - the aircraft remains on the ground and is guarded the entire time that the weapon is outside the Special Weapons Bunkers.
IF ( *BIG IF* ), an aircraft is going to take off as part of a Special Operation, then a 'practice' weapon (or BDU), is used ... NOT A 'HOT' WEAPON. To all ordnance and former ordnance types, you ALL know the difference in the color/marking between a 'hot' weapon and a practice weapon ... the glaring blue color of a practice round can NOT be mistaken for a real weapon (and vice-versa).
How this FUBAR mistake could have happened is beyond me ... the newest member of a loading crew can tell at a glance the difference between hot and practice weapons ... they also should be aware of the SOP/instruction/guidelines ... after all, you learn all of that type of information when you go through the training pipeline prior to ever actually handling ANY real weapons.
That explains why the certification of every member of the loading crew was temporarrily suspended pending the investigations outcome ...
Some mistakes are so terrible and outrageous that it's crazier than fiction.
Thanks Chief for clearing up wherein the mistake lies, now it makes sense.
Well a B-36 with tons of nukes crashed over the Canadian west coast in 1950 and nothing happened. How could this specific thing be any more dangerous?
Thats like saying that because hundreds of nuclear power plants around the world havent melted down, that none will. Accidents happen, and circumstances could be diffrent now than then. It was a grievous mistake. Simple as that.
i really am baffled why you are trying to argue this one chief, some one (or multiple people more likely) cocked up BAAAAAD, and the potential for all kind of bad things to happen is huge.
The Air Force is not allowed to just take Nukes and fly them around without authorization, it is against the Law for DHS to authorize it, it is against the Law for the Base Commander to authorize it, it is against the Law for even the Secretary of the Air Force to authorize it.... I'm not going to get into the specifics on this Board of what needs to take place to move a Special Weapon from one place to another, but the United States Congress will get to the bottom of it, and many heads will roll.
The nukes could not have detonated from a crash. They have to be armed etc. But it was a violation of law and therein is the problem.
Heads will roll only because of partisan politics... so be it. No point in trying to work together, sniping and potshotting is far easier than reaching concensus and working for the greater good.
There have been a few cockups involving nuclear weapons. Florence, SC, Palomares, etc., in most cases the initiating exlosive detonated, spreading highly radioactive material over a considerable area. The cost of cleaning up these errors was huge, not to mention the danger to persons on the ground.