posted on 04/24/2012 10:28:59 PM PDT
("Loose lips sink ships")
Even weirder history involving nuclear weapons and the southeastern states: Two nuclear bombs were detonated in Mississippi
Just guessing @ the start of reading this, that the N.C. accidents bomb spilled the uranium somewhere near the Gov's Mansion....
That would explain a LOT...
posted on 04/24/2012 10:57:18 PM PDT
(The correct response to any accusation of racism in the modern age is laughter!)
Dropping a 30-KT nuke is bad enough, but before that came the Battle of Palmdale (California) on 16 August 1956. This battle involved a wayward Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat target drone and a pair of Northrop F-89D Scorpion interceptors.
The two F-89s had no guns, but used rocket pods (52 rockets each) with 2.75-inch folding fin aircraft rockets (FFAR). Unfortunately, the F-89s missed and errant rockets started falling all over Palmdale. The F6F-5K eventually crashed in the Mojave Desert east of the Palmdale airport. Here: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/sep/11/local/me-then11
Final score: Two F-89s expended 208 rockets for zero hits; F6F-5K score 1.
In a 1983 statement, Robert McNamara, then Secretary of Defense, admitted that when the parachute-less bomb was found, its arming mechanism had accidentally gone through all but one of the seven steps toward detonation.
Wow. Talk about a close call on that non parachuted bomb.
Great piece. Thanks for posting.
posted on 04/25/2012 12:29:18 AM PDT
by Lazlo in PA
(Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
So, the girls had a tea party with Mrs. NeussBOMB...?
posted on 04/25/2012 3:10:55 AM PDT
posted on 04/25/2012 4:15:02 AM PDT
Moments later the plane was rocked by the shock wave of the blast when the bomb hit the ground.
Sorry, but this isn't believable. If the bomb didn't explode, hitting the ground would not send a huge shock wave back to the plane.
posted on 04/25/2012 10:04:09 AM PDT
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