Command & Control documentary (1980 Arkansas Titan II missile mishap)

Discussion in 'Past & Historical Events' started by Creepy Green Light, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Creepy Green Light

    Creepy Green Light Don't mistake lack of talent for genius

    IMO, this documentary should be required for students to watch. It's a piece of history that the bulk of U.S. citizens have never heard of. I was only about 10 yrs old but never heard a peep about it. I asked my mom if she remembered & she never heard of it. Plus it was never mentioned by anybody while I was in the Navy - even when I had to attend Nuclear Weapons Loading School. If you have NETFLIX - I would recommend watching it. Pretty unbelievable what happened (and what almost happened).

    Here's the trailer;

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  2. CasualBystander

    CasualBystander Celestial

    Well, there wasn't much chance of a nuclear explosion.

    The pit has to be loaded with tritium.

    Further the implosion has to be symmetrical and there is no chance of a fire initiated implosion doing that.

    You could contaminate a few acres (which probably happened).

    The hypergolic propellants are poisonous.

    But the pit contains the blast and you get what is shown in the video.

    Even further - the only thing that could detonate is a primary and that is the size of the Hiroshima bomb - can't find good numbers for a Titan II typical warhead primary but we are talking a dozen kilotons. It is just used as a prompt radiation/neutron source.

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