Donkey Punch

September 27, 2007

Broken Arrow

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On August 30, for the first time since 1968, nuclear warheads in combat position were carried by an American bomber.

Wha..wha..WHAT?

a B-52H Stratofortress flew from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana while carrying twelve cruise missiles. Either five or six of those missiles were armed with nuclear warheads. (h/t Sign of the Times)

Okay, something is real fudged up here.

Must be moon bat raving… (insert sounds of Googling) Uh-oh. These guys aren’t moonbats.

The B-52 was loaded with Advanced Cruise Missiles, part of a Defense Department effort to decommission 400 of the ACMs. But the nuclear warheads should have been removed at Minot before being transported to Barksdale, the officers said. The missiles were mounted onto the pylons of the bomber’s wings.

Well, that shouldn’t be a problem. It’s not like anything ever goes wrong when flying nukes around.

…In May 1957 a nuclear weapon fell from the bomb bay of a B-36 near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
…In March 1958 a B-47 accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon near Florence, South Carolina.
…a B-52 carrying nuclear weapons exploded in mid-air.
…In March 1961 a B-52 with two nuclear weapons crashed near Yuba City, California.
…In January 1964 a B-52 carrying two nuclear weapons crashed near Cumberland, Maryland.
…In 1991 by Presidential order, nuclear weapons were removed from all aircraft. Bomber nuclear ground alerts, during which nuclear weapons are loaded onto bombers during test and training exercises, were halted. After that time, all nuclear weapons to be delivered by plane were permanently maintained in secure storage facilities.

h/t Chuck Simpson@Above Top Secret

Oh, well, all’s well that ends well, right?

Wrong.

It seems that six nuclear weapons disappeared from Minot, and five were discovered at Barksdale. So:

6 – 5 = 1

So where is the Sixth nuke?

In completely unrelated news, a mystery investor has placed a $4.5 billion ‘put’ option on the European Stock Market. A put is a bet that the market will significantly decrease in the time frame optioned. A put option has the nick name ‘Bin Laden trade‘, because it would take a 9/11 sized disaster to cause such a drop. Interestingly enough, similar put options were taken out against United and American Airlines just prior to 9/11. The time frame for this particular put option is until the end of September.

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