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Fifty-Three Year Old Nuclear Missile Accident Details Revealed

Discussion in 'Vets and Friends' started by InTheLight, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. InTheLight

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    A routine maintenance job goes horribly wrong when a technician inadvertently activated the pop-off mechanism for the nuclear warhead in a Minuteman 1 missile back in December 1964. The warhead/nosecone fell down the space between the missile and the silo walls, rattling off the missile and walls until it came to rest on the silo floor.

    The following news article is a fascinating account of the accident and the man that was called upon to fix it.

    Fifty-three year old nuclear missile accident revealed
     
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    Now they tell us! Too late!
     
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    Indeed nothing is never too little too late. At least now we know.
     
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    I understand there is a Nuke bomb somewhere in the swamps outside of Savannah, Ga. Accidents happened all the time with those things.
     
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    Wasn't there a nuke bomb that fell of a bomber into ocean or something like that in the 60"s?
     
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    I am sure I have heard of that in the past.

    There was a US nuclear bomber carrying four weapons crash in Spain as I remember. It contaminated many acres and the topsoil had to be removed,
     
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    From Chapter 8 - The Military Almost Never Lost a Nuclear Weapon
    There are now sixty-five documented incidents in which nuclear weapons owned by the United States were lost, destroyed, or damaged between 1945 and 1989.

    A 42,000-pound thermonuclear weapon called an MK-17 with a 15-megaton yield hit the ground near Savannah, Ga. May 27, 1957.

    On February 5, 1958, there occurred an odd incident. It happened over Wassaw Sound off the shore of Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia. A MK-15 incomplete thermonuclear weapon with a fake pit was lost in a mid-air collision and never found.

    A little over a month after the bomb was jettisoned off Tybee, another B-47 was forced to drop their bomb. This time it was over Florence, South Carolina, in what became known as the Mars Bluff incident.

    A very readable book and worth the read:
    Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by James Mahaffey,

    The author doesn't mention the '64 incident.

    Rob
     
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