September 14, U.S. Air Force Stand Down

On August 30th, something occurred in the United State as if it were the plot of a sequel to “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learn To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb”. Six nuclear warheads were loaded onto bombers and flown from North Dakota to Louisiana. This is a violation of protocol, all nuclear weapons are required to be shipped by ground across U.S. soil to avoid problems such as accidental detonations. Only the Commander-in-Chief can authorize nukes be transported by plane. Somebody clearly overstepped the President’s authority, assuming, of course, this was not ordered by him.

As a result of this silly mix up, the Air Force is planning to stand down and have a sit down with all its pilots and personal for some team planning exercises and trust games. “Ok now, bombardiers just fall back and trust your pilots to catch you, that’s it, good.” Then they’ll go over the nuclear weapons procedures, yet again:(, and finish off the day with a big mess dinner plus a little Top Gun soundtrack karaoke. Just like they did on September 11, 2001. “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, oh oh that lovin’ feeling, now its gone gone gone, oh oh oh ooooooh!”

ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday

By Bruce Rolfsen – Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 10, 2007 17:38:42 EDT
On Sept. 14, flight lines will be very quiet at Air Combat Command bases.

The entire command — about 100,000 active-duty airmen — is standing down training flights and many other operations as part of a command-wide safety day.

Command boss Gen. Ronald Keys ordered the Sept. 14 safety standdown in the wake of the Aug. 30 nuclear incident at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., in which six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were loaded onto a B-52H and then flown to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., without anyone on the ground or bomber realizing the nuclear weapons were on the plane. It was not until the B-52H was parked at Barksdale that ground crews discovered the cruise missiles were carrying real warheads.

Command spokesman Maj. Tom Crosson said wing commanders would determine how their units review operations and safety procedures and checklists.

Just how serious Keys takes the lapse of regulations at Minot is reflected in the fact that the safety stand-down is the first commandwide safety day in recent memory. In the past, the command has singled out specific types of aircraft for safety days and in 1997 the Department of Defense held a departmentwide safety review day.

Watch Stanley Kubrick’s cold war black comedy classic “Dr. Stangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb”. Its a very funny movie. However, knowing such mistake are happening in reality right now, the film feels more like a chilling documentary.

Gook luck and good night folks

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