Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Accidental Airborne Alert

Michael Hoffman of the Military Times reports that:

“A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30.”
While Dean Steve Fetter of the University of Maryland observes in Mr. Hoffman’s story that there was no specific risk of detonation or diversion associated with this incident, it does once again underscore the question: why does the U.S. retain so many nuclear weapons?


  1. what is this supposed to mean? that a 52 went on alert during its flight? or what?

  2. Just what Mr. Hoffman reports, that nuclear weapons were reportedly accidentally loaded and flown across the country (no change in alert status was reported).

    A little more detail is available from Hans Kristensen at:

    and from Jane Vaynman at: