By L. Douglas Keeney
Packed with startling revelations, this inside of examine the key facet of the chilly warfare exposes simply how shut the United States got here to overall annihilation
During the chilly battle, a flight team had quarter-hour to get their nuke-laden airplane within the air from the instant Soviet bombers have been detected—15 mins among the earliest caution of an incoming nuclear strike and the 1st flash of an enemy warhead. this can be the chilling real tale of the really dicy steps our army took to guard us from that state of affairs, together with:
• Over thousand loaded bombers that crossed American skies. they usually crashed and a minimum of 9 occasions ended in nuclear guns being by chance dropped
• A approach that may use timers and rockets to release missiles even after each person was once lifeless
• Disastrous atmospheric nuclear checking out together with the bad runaway bomb—that fooled scientists and positioned millions of fellows in uniform within the heart of a cloud of sizzling fallout
• A plan to exploit dry lake beds to rebuild and release a combating strength within the aftermath of nuclear struggle
Based on previously categorised files, army files, press bills, interviews and over 10 years of study, 15 mins is essentially the most very important works at the atom bomb ever written.
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