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Post time 2013-7-21 14:20:30 |Display all floors


why did them boys from the US 7th Fleet do such a nasty thing with all them toursits exploring the reef?...


The pilots from the 2 AV-8B Harrier jets conducted the emergency jettison because they could not land on aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard with their bomb load....


do ya understand!!!
them Aussies wouldn't dare to say a word had they dropped one on Bondi Beach...


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Post time 2013-7-22 05:44:51 |Display all floors
They saw a few Great Whites and did it to save swimmers and scuba divers in the area.
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Post time 2013-7-22 07:49:20 |Display all floors
This post was edited by redtide at 2013-7-22 07:49

It was "reported" that the bombs didn't go off. We need a satellite to confirm if this was indeed the case.

So who is/are United States' and Australia's enemy/ies in the Asia pacific region?

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Post time 2013-7-22 09:18:51 |Display all floors
They were never armed, so can be collected later.
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Post time 2013-7-22 10:11:59 |Display all floors
jay_dee Post time: 2013-7-22 10:18
They were never armed, so can be collected later.

Indeed, the "Thule accident"  comes to my mind...

Involving a United States Air Force  B-52 bomber near Thule Air Base in the Danish-administered territory of Greenland. The aircraft was carrying four hydrogen bombs on a Cold War "Chrome Dome" alert mission over Baffin Bay when a cabin fire forced the crew to abandon the aircraft before they could carry out an emergency landing at Thule Air Base. Six crew members ejected safely, but one who did not have an ejection seat was killed while trying to bail out. The bomber crashed onto sea ice in North Star Bay, Greenland, causing the conventional explosives aboard to detonate and the nuclear payload to rupture and disperse, which resulted in radioactive contamination.

The pilotless aircraft initially continued north, then turned left through 180° and crashed onto sea ice in North Star Bay at a relatively shallow angle of 20 degrees—about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) west of Thule Air Base—at 15:39 EST. The conventional high explosive (HE) components of four 1.1 megaton B28FI model hydrogen bombs detonated on impact, spreading radioactive material over a large area in a manner similar to a dirty bomb.[21] "Weak links" in the weapon design ensured that a nuclear explosion was not triggered. The extreme heat generated by the burning of 225,000 pounds of aviation fuel during the five to six hours after the crash melted the ice sheet, causing wreckage and munitions to sink to the ocean floor.

taken from :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Thule_Air_Base_B-52_crash
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Post time 2013-7-22 10:20:38 |Display all floors
jay_dee Post time: 2013-7-22 10:18
They were never armed, so can be collected later.

In 1995, a political scandal resulted in Denmark after a report revealed the government had given tacit permission for nuclear weapons to be located in Greenland, in contravention of Denmark's 1957 nuclear-free zone policy. Workers involved in the clean-up program have been campaigning for compensation for radiation-related illnesses they experienced in the years after the incident...
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Post time 2013-7-22 16:51:32 |Display all floors
This can't be compared to a bomber crashing with nuclear cargo. The AV-8s simply jettisoned inert bombs, much in the same way they might jettison external fuel tanks. They created little damage - releasing the training bombs was probably preferable to having two harriers crashing on the reef. It's really over the top.

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