I know the media is absolutely freaking out over the B-52 that flew from North Dakota to Louisianna on 30Aug with 5 nukes that were mistakenly put aboard.
The Air Force should be keeping up with it's nukes like my son keeps up with his text messages.
Of course the Air Force really should be keeping tabs on their arsenal of nuclear weapons...we might need them when Iran's Ahma-dinnerjacket needs putting down in a year or two. Seriously though, I used to load weapons on Air Force jets for 16 years and this sort of thing should never have happened. There are so many checks and controls when conventional weapons are being handled. Imagine when they are nukes. I've got a call in to regular reader and occasional contributer "David" who is my good friend from the Air Force. He's still serving so maybe he can shed some light on this matter.
Couple of questions: How, if we're not supposed to be flying nukes in accordance with our treaty with Russia, did a plane with nukes get assigned a flight crew, take fuel, taxi, and take-off without anybody noticing?
The chain of people who handle a B-52 prior to take-off is staggering. How did they all miss the nukes. (In their defense, training munitions look and act like real munitions in every way except for a slightly different color scheme on some parts.)
How did a three-man flight crew miss the fact that those weapons were not training weapons during the pre-flight walk-around?
The Air Force load crews practice loading live nukes every day, however, knowing that it won't be flying, that plane is usually cordoned off somewhere. Not on the flight line with active flyers.
I am really curious to hear the final step-by-step recount of how this happened.