And they would have blamed it on the russians ofcourse.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-carolina-1961A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima...
...Though there has been persistent speculation about how narrow the Goldsboro escape was, the US government has repeatedly publicly denied that its nuclear arsenal has ever put Americans' lives in jeopardy through safety flaws. But in the newly-published document, a senior engineer in the Sandia national laboratories responsible for the mechanical safety of nuclear weapons concludes that "one simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe".
Writing eight years after the accident, Parker F Jones found that the bombs that dropped over North Carolina, just three days after John F Kennedy made his inaugural address as president, were inadequate in their safety controls and that the final switch that prevented disaster could easily have been shorted by an electrical jolt, leading to a nuclear burst. "It would have been bad news – in spades," he wrote.
[Jones found that of the four safety mechanisms in the Faro bomb, designed to prevent unintended detonation, three failed to operate properly. When the bomb hit the ground, a firing signal was sent to the nuclear core of the device, and it was only that final, highly vulnerable switch that averted calamity]
Jones dryly entitled his secret report "Goldsboro Revisited or: How I learned to Mistrust the H-Bomb" – a quip on Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satirical film about nuclear holocaust...
And they would have blamed it on the russians ofcourse.
Its North carolina haha nobody care except my nigga pete pablo lmao
What were they testing with an operational H-Bomb not meant to explode that they could not test with something else?
I'm thinking it was an accident, not a test. They don't intentionally drop intact nukes in an area where it would be unacceptable for it to go off.
So this story confirms that 50 some odd years ago, nothing bad happened? Thanks low-voltage dynamo switch!
North Carolina! C'mon and blow up
Take your radiated shirt off, twist it 'round yo head
Spin it like a helicopter
How "highly vulnerable" was this switch if it did it's job and prevented an explosion after hitting the ground? Sounds like it worked as intended as a fourth line of defense, and this is a pile of hyperbole.
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North CarolinaHeadline implies intent. Body reveals transportation disaster. Sounds like the safeties worked and the safeties in those early generation bombs were not as sophisticated as we may have liked.The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage.
So basically if a thunderstorm had come along and lightning had struck nearby, Goldsboro BOOM.
The entire story is, "Safety measures in early generation atomic weapons could have failed. Didn't."
What sucks the most about this story is we missed the chance to have our own Zone within which to base an American STALKER game.
You can kinda do that around Butner if you want to. It's largely untouched forest. A mix of pine and hardwoods. The governors "the sky is falling" house is out there, as are a max security federal prison. A min security prison too.
And lots of silos. Lots and lots of underground silos. The story goes that if you take a geiger counter out into the woods you can find places that will tick. I've never done it and I assume it's just a story... but you never know.
History is littered with tons of moments where today would resemble the Fallout series. Most of it was due to virtue of pure luck or individuals who wanted to make extra, extra sure WW3 wasn't about to start.
I'm assuming that this is also why Jones in his short report stated that in such an accident the ready/safe switch was the "only effective safing device during airborne alert" as the other safeguards seem to have been bypassed by the bomb itself reacting as if it had been purposely dropped, and only having a single effective safeguard on a nuke when using it on bombers like this does beg the question of what would have happened should that singular effective safeguard have failed.
Maybe we can have someone else who is familiar with the topic comment (Toemissile?) but I do want to archive some of the documents that were referred to in most of these articles but not provided:
It's also odd that the one book excerpt above says that the core was never recovered, but this interview says that it was. Also odd was the mention of "a" switch on the bomb itself being set to ready/arm while elsewhere it's mentioned as being in the cockpit.
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Thanks Air Force for sending me to the base with a live nuke within vapor distance. Also, this story is no secret at all, hell I've known about it since I got here three years ago and someone told me about it. However I guess since the documents surrounding it have been declassified everyone cares now.
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