Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Retirement of a Cold War Hero

Sahib and The Crew pay homage to the last remaining member of an unsung group of Cold War veterans.  This particular group of heroes stood silent vigil over our sleeping families for more than 50 years.  Protested, criticized, berated, and ostracized, you asked nothing in return and never a complaint passed your lips. (Not that you have lips, but you get the point.)

So it is with heavy heart that we say goodbye to last B53 nuclear bomb.  
The B53:  The Kremlin Attention Getter
The last of its Armageddon-thwarting brethren, this bad-boy weighs in at a sleek 10,000 pounds and is roughly the size of a minivan.  The Federation of American Scientists reports that the B53 is 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  Sahib and The Crew like to refer to them as “The Kremlin Attention Getters” or Commie Whoppers for short.

According to a Fox News article, the last B53 is currently being disassembled at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. (Gee, and maybe we can provide the terrorists Mapquest directions to the place as well.)  Apparently, this process requires a bit more effort than stripping a car at a local chop-shop. “Since it was made using older technology by engineers who have since retired or died, developing a disassembly process took time. Engineers had to develop complex tools and new procedures to ensure safety.” (Does this bother anyone besides me? You would think someone might have thought to take a few notes or a snapshot or two.)

So farewell, paladin of the skies above our nation, and thank you for the thankless service you performed.   Those on the left who slept under the blanket of freedom you provided may not miss you, but Sahib and The Crew certainly will.

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