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    Umm, yikes. :shock:

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j901 ... PqXOPICIzw
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  • #2
    paging Col. Bat Guano!

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    • #3
      Ex-military me is telling you that there was no way in heck they could have 'gone off' even if accidentally dropped. The worst that could have happened is that one fell, broke open, and radioactively contaminated the drop area. There's WAY too many fail-safes to allow a nuclear explosion.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tafnut
        Ex-military me is telling you that there was no way in heck they could have 'gone off' even if accidentally dropped. The worst that could have happened is that one fell, broke open, and radioactively contaminated the drop area. There's WAY too many fail-safes to allow a nuclear explosion.

        No, the worst that happens is one drops, doesn't break open or detonate, but disappears.
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        • #5
          Yeah, but the over-under says Jack finds it in just under 24 hours.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh
            Yeah, but the over-under says Jack finds it in just under 24 hours.
            Not that I'd be able to post video of it here :P
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            • #7
              Originally posted by gh
              Yeah, but the over-under says Jack finds it in just under 24 hours.
              And, as 24 corrected illustrated, getting the arming codes for these things can be a real Bee-Atch.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tafnut
                And, as 24 corrected illustrated, getting the arming codes for these things can be a real Bee-Atch.
                The valuable part would be the weapons-grade uranium/plutonium, not the ability of the device to detonate as-is.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by guru
                  The valuable part would be the weapons-grade uranium/plutonium,
                  I hear North Korea is having a Clearance Sale on that stuff!

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                  • #10
                    But the point to bear in mind is that these guys were not aware that they had nuclear weapons on board the aircraft. Let's consider this.......nuclear weapons......did not know they were there................

                    Of course they would not have gone off had they been dropped. That was never the point. How the hell do these things, given all of the security provisions that are in place, get that far off the reservation?!?!?

                    :x

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                    • #11
                      Heads are currently rolling. The military, as it is wont to do, found some mid-level command officer to blame it on, so the real incompetence can be buried and the higher ranking mucky-mucks are protected. I've seen this sort of thing so many times - the official 'outrage' will last a couple of days more and then we'll be back to business as usual. :roll:

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                      • #12
                        Right you are, tafnut. Funny how these things have the same lifespan as a news cycle.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by guru
                          Originally posted by tafnut
                          Ex-military me is telling you that there was no way in heck they could have 'gone off' even if accidentally dropped. The worst that could have happened is that one fell, broke open, and radioactively contaminated the drop area. There's WAY too many fail-safes to allow a nuclear explosion.

                          No, the worst that happens is one drops, doesn't break open or detonate, but disappears.
                          Not always the worst that can happen. The bombs have redundant failsafe / arming mechanisms in place to prevent accidental detonation. But, this redundancy doesn't always go as planned. See Goldsboro, NC:

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mi ... _accidents

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