In Error, B-52 Flew Over U.S. With Nuclear-Armed Missiles
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 6, 2007; Page A10
An Air Force B-52 bomber flew across the central United States last week with six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads that were mistakenly attached to the airplane’s wing, defense officials said yesterday.
The Stratofortress bomber, based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, was transporting a dozen Advanced Cruise Missiles to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Aug. 30. But crews inadvertently loaded half of them with nuclear warheads attached.
Well, that’s what happens. First you have a president who can’t pronounce nuclear, then you have guys in the Air Force who can’t tell nuk-yoo-ler from that other pile that didn’t have the skull and crossbones on them.
But it’s fortunate the B-52 wasn’t headed for some kind of war-games in the Idaho desert.