This is how they load nuclear cruise missiles on a B-52 Stratofortress

When I first saw this photo I immediately thought "what the hell is thing?" Then Attila Nagy told me about it: It's a nuclear armed AGM-86B cruise missile. Three of them, in fact, being loaded on a B-52 Stratofortress.

It's hard to tell because you are looking at the butt of this 1.4-ton nuclear shark, which is 20 foot and 9 inches long (6.3 meters) and has a wingspan of 12 feet (3.7 meters.)

The image was just taken at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota during "a large-scale inspection for all base operations." You will be happy to know that "for the Nuclear Surety Inspection portion, the 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing received a rating of satisfactory. The 91st MW completed the Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection with an excellent rating." God save America and our nuclear toys.

This is how they load nuclear cruise missiles on a B-52 Stratofortress


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