However, instead of retrieving the missiles with the dummy weights attached to them, the Air Force crew at Minot accidentally loaded on to the plane six cruise missiles that has live nuclear warheads on them. They loaded actual nuclear weapons on to a B-52 bomber and sent it to its way to Louisiana.
The pilots had no idea. Six nukes each with roughly the capacity to cause Hiroshima times 10 were taken on a cross-country flight. That bomber, I`m not kidding you was named Doom 99 and Doom 99 departed Minot on schedule and for the first time in 40 years, a nuclear armed bomber crossed U.S. air space without clearance.
Luckily, the warheads made their way to Louisiana without incident. And upon landing, they sat unguarded on the runway at Barksdale for nine hours. Until the ground crew there finally realized with a resounding OMG that they had accidentally acquired six live nuclear weapons they weren`t expecting and they had left them sitting around unguarded for nine hours.