Sources say B-52 mistakenly carried nuclear warheads over U.S.:

Folks, I am a former Officer and Navigator in the Air Force and I have had training in the use and characteristics of the nuclear weapons used by the USAF.  Let me assure you that the part of the article that says, "there was minimal risk to crews and the public because of safety features designed into the munitions," is correct.  Unless a B-52 is nearing an intentional target parts of the circuitry required to create a nuclear explosion are not installed.  The weapons do contain high explosive materials (similar to dynamite or TNT) and has the same risks in an accident as would an accident involving a truck carrying the same type of materials, BUT, the risk of a nuclear explosion during an aircraft accident is essentially zero.  The weapons were purposely designed that way.  Further, the proof is in the pudding.  In the last 50 years or so there have been a few accidents involving B-52's that were carrying nuclear weapons and for the reasons I stated there was no nuclear detonation.  Just want you to have this information in case the "Chicken Little" alarmists run wild with this incident. - GB


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