2013 September 23 Monday
How USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961
USAF came very close to nuking North Carolina in 1961: US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document.
When an organization is powerful the very human tendency is to view it as far more competent than it is in reality.
By Randall Parker at 2013 September 23 10:02 PM
In Searcy, Arkansas in 1965, 53 people were killed when a nuclear-armed Titan missle exploded in its silo. In 1980, near Damascus, Arkansas, a Titan II missile exploded in the launch duct, killing one man and destroying the complex. In 1966, near Palomares, Spain:
The 1966 Palomares B-52 crash or Palomares incident occurred on 17 January 1966, when a B-52G bomber of the USAF Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling at 31,000 feet (9,450 m) over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The KC-135 was completely destroyed when its fuel load ignited, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members aboard.
Of the four Mk28 type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares in the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Spain. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 2-square-kilometer (490 acres) (0.78 square mile) area by plutonium. The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a 2½-month-long search.
I know this is off topic but if I comment on earlier post it'll probably go into the void. My apologies I just saw this link today. Randall talks about robots taking over all work a lot. Here's a great story about that, Jack Williamson's "With Folded Hands"
I think most here would enjoy it.