Minot AFB 1968 Locked and Loaded Part III

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Minot AFB 1968 Locked and Loaded Part III

Postby Tim Hebert » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:26 pm

During the June time-frame of 1968, Minot again experienced numerous sightings of UFOs involving SAC's Minuteman missiles. Of particular interest is the June 6, 1968 sighting as briefly detailed below.

http://www.ufocasebook/minotafb.html

National UFO Reporting Center

Occurred : 6/6/1968-Location: Minot, ND-Duration: 30mins- Minot 1968 missile arming

SW. of Minot ND. An MP. got a call to one of the missle silos. The Sargent on duty took two other men with him. He told me that they had come over to see a UFO over the silo. The guards at the silo were like statues. The locks on the gates were open, and gates open. The sargent had contact with the officers down in the silo.

They were very upset, it seems that the missle had been armed and unlocked in launch mod, and that the warhead was armed.





http://www.aliensthe%20truth.com/UFO_sightings_famous.php?ID=24&=1

•June 6, 1968 - Southwest of Minot ND. An MP. got a call to one of the missile silos. The sergeant on duty took two other men with him. He told me that they had come over to see a UFO over the silo. The guards at the silo were like statues. The locks on the gates were open, and gates open. The sergeant had contact with the officers down in the silo. They were very upset, it seems that the missile had been armed and unlocked in launch mod, and that the warhead was armed.


http://thenightsky.org/minot.html

June 6, 1968 - Southwest of Minot ND. An MP. got a call to one of the missile silos. The sergeant on duty took two other men with him. He told me that they had come over to see a UFO over the silo. The guards at the silo were like statues. The locks on the gates were open, and gates open. The sergeant had contact with the officers down in the silo. They were very upset, it seems that the missile had been armed and unlocked in launch mod, and that the warhead was armed.


The above brief narratives share a common theme. All originated from the same "source", yet said source is not named and remains a mystery. All of the web sites state the same verbage with no variation in description of the event. As an after-thought, the last sentence states, "They were very upset, it seems that the missile had been armed and unlocked in the launch mode, and the warhead was armed." What does this mean? Who as on duty at the time in the LCC? Security personnel was already stationed at the LF. Was there maintenance activity on site that required security guards, which meant that the site in all probablility was penetrated for maintenance?

"...it seems that the missile had been armed..." Again an extremely vague description. By virtue of being on strategic alert, the missile would be "armed" with a warhead.

"...and unlocked in the launch mode..." This meant that the missile had processed an Enable Command that would have been commanded from the LCC. The enable code/the "unlock code" would have had to be sent to the crew via an Emergency Action Message directly from SAC. This type of message would have been sent to the entire SAC crew force not just one individual LCC located in North Dakota!

"...the warhead was armed..." This only occurs during the post-boost phase of the launch where the warhead is fuzed and armed dependant on altitude of the warhead and whether the "target" required a ground burst or air burst detonation. This information was pre-loaded into the missile guidance system prior to bring a missile up into alert status. It is conceivable that the missile crew could have received a fault indication that showed "warhead alarm" on the commanders status indicator panel. This only indicated that there was wire interconnectivity issues concerning the electronical mating of the warhead to the missile guidance system, in other words "loose wiring." This was not an event that was a precursor to a "doomsday" scenario, but rather an event that required a maintenance team to recheck the wiring.

During my time on alert crew duty, the receiving of a "Warhead Alarm" was uncommon. I do not recall ever receiving this fault indication. That's not to say that it never occured, just that it would have been uncommon. "Warhead Alarm" simply indicated a problem with the electrical connections inconjunction with mating the warhead to the missile guidance system. This required an MMT to de-mate the warhead and check for faulty wiring. The missile sortie was not in jeopardy of malfunctioning in flight nor was it a situation that would have led to an unexpectant nuclear yield. All nuclear systems were under strict "thermal safe" rules.

Next post, discussion on the Minot LF with the A-Pit Security lock and access to the B-Plug which allows access to the interior of the LF and the missile itself

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