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#1    Eldorado

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:04 AM

A US Army Apache helicopter accidentally dropped an inactive missile over central Texas, forcing dozens of homes to be evacuated.

http://uk.news.yahoo...-010624493.html

Good to know we are all in safe hands.  lol


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:27 AM

If they're not "armed" your odds go up dramatically of surviving such an event ;)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:33 AM

View Postand then, on 17 May 2012 - 10:27 AM, said:

If they're not "armed" your odds go up dramatically of surviving such an event ;)

I was imagining it landing in someone's back yard.  Armed or not, it would spoil your barbecue.  :)

p.s. Imagine it hit your brand new shiny car?  Yikes!

Edited by Eldorado, 17 May 2012 - 10:34 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

Even worse imagine the "jolt" of the landing messing with the wiring and it "armed" itself, bummer

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 17 May 2012 - 10:36 AM, said:

Even worse imagine the "jolt" of the landing messing with the wiring and it "armed" itself, bummer

It couldn't arm itself... It had no propellant and no explosives... It was a mock missile that had the
same shape and weight of a real one... Basically a large lawn dart...


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

View PostTaun, on 17 May 2012 - 10:49 AM, said:

It couldn't arm itself... It had no propellant and no explosives... It was a mock missile that had the
same shape and weight of a real one... Basically a large lawn dart...
That'll teach me to throw in a quip without checking out the article eh?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:47 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 17 May 2012 - 11:42 AM, said:

That'll teach me to throw in a quip without checking out the article eh?

I do it all the time!

I use to work on Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (Pershing) and we had a few 'inert' ones for training and also for
'show and tell' - displays...
The warhead was filled with cement (to get the right weight) and the rocket stages were filled with another type compound
similar to clay...  The only danger with the thing, was if it rolled off the Erector-Launcher and fell on you... Or if the driver
of the EL ran over your car (which was known to happen)...


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:04 PM

View PostTaun, on 17 May 2012 - 11:47 AM, said:

I do it all the time!

I use to work on Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (Pershing) and we had a few 'inert' ones for training and also for
'show and tell' - displays...
The warhead was filled with cement (to get the right weight) and the rocket stages were filled with another type compound
similar to clay...  The only danger with the thing, was if it rolled off the Erector-Launcher and fell on you... Or if the driver
of the EL ran over your car (which was known to happen)...
:w00t: I shouldn't laugh but with humans if something can go wrong it pretty much will.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:11 PM

Well at least no one was hurt.
And it wasn't armed.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:40 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 17 May 2012 - 12:04 PM, said:

:w00t: I shouldn't laugh but with humans if something can go wrong it pretty much will.

Could you imagine the Insurance Agents face when the guy told him that a nuclear missile ran over his car?


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:25 AM

My father  in law was flying in a small aircraft WITH his insurance agent when, upon landing a deer ran in front of the plane and caused it to crash.  You can't make this stuff up.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:34 PM

Ooopppsss! I'm thinking there will be an opening for promotion to captain of this helicopter within the ranks of this unit within the next few days.


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:51 PM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 19 May 2012 - 05:34 PM, said:

Ooopppsss! I'm thinking there will be an opening for promotion to captain of this helicopter within the ranks of this unit within the next few days.

i was thinking same but not being a military man I don't know what would happen in a case like this.  Will they get demoted or just hauled over the coals?


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

I don't know, but after reading the article I get the impression that the pilot did everything right, but that the launch computer was not properly pre-programmed to enable "test mode-no launch"
Sounds more like ground crew failure, but again I have no idea.





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