Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Reason #53: Busting Bunker Busters

Per Rachel Maddow last night (and this article), Tuesday marked the completion of the disassembly of the last existing B53 nuclear bomb. The B53s were all retired from active service (can't imagine what active service for a nuclear bomb would entail) as of 1997, and they've been navigating a tricky disassembly process more or less since then - Tuesday's bomb, for example, took three years to safely deconstruct, which is even more nuts when you discover that it was supposed to take seven years.

One of the reasons it took so long is that the bombs--which I'd remind you were still in active service until 1997--were built so long ago that the original engineers had died.

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