posted on Dec, 18 2007 @ 05:28 PM
This information comes to me from a retired USA Air Force officer, who was dating my elderly and widowed aunt last year. Based upon my own
investigation, the story seems plausible.
Hart Island is a small and somewhat desolate island off the coast of the Bronx Borough of New York City, in Long Island Sound. The island is off
limits to the public. You will be arrested if you make any attempt to approach the island.
In the 1950s and 1960s, this island was home to a highly secret base, containing at least 24 Nike Ajax missiles. This comprised part of the USA
anti-ballistic missile system, to protect New York City, intended as a last-line of defense against a nuclear air attack by the USSR or other foreign
In the 1960’s, there was an attempt to replace the missile with a later generation weapon system known as the Nike Hercules missile. Unlike the Nike
Ajax, this new system used nuclear tipped warheads so as to more reliably kill incoming bombers and missiles.
In 1961, a single nuclear tipped Nike Hercules missile was moved onto Hart Island as an initial, and fully operational deployment. The nuclear warhead
was stored separately from the missile, but was occasionally installed on it during drills and exercises, which happened every few months.
Whenever the nuclear warhead was added to the missile (a process which took a full day) there were several safeguards. To prevent accidental
triggering of the warhead, a special mechanical interlock – a “safing key” – had to be physically from the warhead, and insert into the fire
control panel. The fire control panel could not be disconnected from the radar system, and put in “drill mode”, until this special key had been
inserted into its proper “safe” location.
According to my source, the second or third time they conducted an operational drill, they had to stop the simulated firing of the missile due to a
technical problem. They decided to scratch the test. When they went to remove the warhead, a supervisor found this safing key was still inserted!
The key that had been inserted into the fire control panel was a SPARE key. Apparently, the technicians had not realized that the key inserted into
the fire control panel was suppose to be the same key that existed on the warhead. The warhead had not been adequately disabled.
Here is the scariest part. The technical glitch, which had stopped the exercise, was that an accelerometer had blown out, so that the warhead thought
the missile had actually been launched. This was the second (and only) safety that prevented nuclear detonation.
Given the failure of the accelerometer, and failure to remove the safing key from the warhead, if the exercise had not been stopped, THE NIKE NUCLEAR
WARHEAD WOULD HAVE DETONATED.
Note: This small, desolate, unapproachable Hart Island is only about five miles from the center of Manhattan Island, New York City.
To anyone with inside info. Do you think this story could be true?