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Dropping the Bomb

Date: 06-11-05
Host: Art Bell
Guests: Dale Brown, Susan Meckley

Art Bell was joined by former Air Force pilot turned best-selling author, Dale Brown, detailed his service as a navigator-bombardier aboard a B-52 Stratofortress loaded with nuclear weapons, as well as discussed the procedures and psychological stresses of preparing to drop the bomb.

"When the horn went off you never knew if that was the real thing or that was just an exercise," Brown remarked, recalling the time he had to copy a combat message while on alert in the B-52. When the klaxon sounded, Brown explained, your orders were to start the engines, copy the coded message, and prepare for take-off. The first few letters of the coded message would indicate if the mission was an exercise or an order to go to war, he said.

Brown also talked about 'Dreamland' air base, the secret Aurora program, hypothetical nuclear war scenarios, and the dangers posed by radical Islam, China and North Korea. He said North Korea has "an extremely large and very sophisticated military society," but believes their current nuclear capability is too limited to pose a serious threat to the United States.

Susan Meckley Update

In the first half-hour, adventurer Susan Meckley shared her experiences sailing from Mexico to Hawaii on her vessel USSV Dharma. During her 3,000 mile journey she slept in short 25 minute shifts, Meckley explained, in order to check the radar and look for large ships that could possibly smash into her boat. Meckley is currently docked in Hilo, Hawaii, where she expects to remain until August. She is planning to sail to the Marshall Islands next.

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