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"why not Minot?"
Originally posted by JDSalinger
A. It seems to me someone was trying to fill an "order".
I believe no one was to find out about the nukes. Unfortunately, someone did. An enticing compensation package was offered to be paid upon delivery. Because the delivery fell through a few peolpe were upset because they didn't get paid, some threats were made. So the brains behind the operation had to make sure all loose ends were tied up.
B. Take a few nukes. Remove the guts. Replace the housing with something Russisan, Korean, Chinese or even Iranian. Place nukes in a nice unsuspecting area. Have a spy satellite fly over & take a few shots. TA-DA! A bonifide reason for an invasion.
Originally posted by arizonascott
reply to post by nwosigns
"Something is going to happen. California is broke and ripe for an event. I believe that the link to this nuclear weapon flight and that one or more may be missing, will play a part with Schwarzenegger and getting him in office. If they let one foreign born in, and America excepted it - they will amend the Constitution for Arnold."
EXCLUSIVE: Air Force fails new nuclear reviews
Air Force nuclear units have failed two inspections in the past three months, providing fresh evidence that the military service that jarred the world in 2007 by mistakenly transporting live nuclear weapons across the United States continues to suffer lapses in its management of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The most recent surety-inspection failure took place at the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17. The base is in charge of 150 Minuteman III missiles that are on alert 24 hours a day.
Air Force officials said the 90th was given failing grades by inspectors from the Space Command and the Defense Technology Security Administration for not properly documenting tests on missiles, which require strict monitoring.
The Wyoming base was at the center of one of the two prior nuclear mishaps that cast embarrassment on the Air Force. Nuclear-missile units at F.E. Warren mistakenly transported four Minuteman III forward sections containing sensitive components to Taiwan on two occasions, in October and November 2006. The components were recovered, but the mistake exposed larger security shortfalls.
However, the final report also contained the conclusion that the problem of "the lack of interest in and attention to the nuclear mission and nuclear deterrence ... go well beyond the Air Force."
"This lack of interest and attention have been widespread throughout DoD and contributed to the decline of attention in the Air Force," the final report stated.
The report called for creating the position of assistant secretary of defense for nuclear deterrence, which would elevate nuclear issues that have been separated and downgraded as the result of a Pentagon reorganization during the Bush administration.
Originally posted by DarrylGalasso
When this story originally came out the news said that the plane had landed with 5 bombs. At that point being that I had worked with military aircraft for 8 years I began to wonder how that was possible. One of these weapons weigh a lot and the off balanced load would seem to make take-off like that impossible as when the aircraft left the ground the heavy wing would immediately hit the ground causing a crash (there is a job that specifically deals with this called a load master). Landing would be somewhat easier as after the aircraft was airborne it could be trimmed to compensate for this off balanced condition; however, at takeoff it would be unknown how much trim was needed and I am uncertain if it could even safely take off if it were known as the trim would seem to effect the aircraft before it left the ground due to the airflow across the trimmed surface thus forcing the light wing into the ground at takeoff.
Could it be possible that the original story was correct and that they dropped one to be picked up by a third party, and then landed with only 5?
There was a concern over a missing warhead for about 2 days then nothing further was ever mentioned.
[edit on 2/2/2009 by DarrylGalasso]
I've been stationed there, regulations are a such that when I heard about those nukes being on the bomber I laughed. That just doesn't happen, I know loaders, crew chiefs etc, worked there for a few years, you don't just 'accidentally' load nukes.