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Michigan’s Nearly Endured Nuclear Disaster

On January 7, 1971 at approximately 6:33 p.m. local time in the small town of Charlevoix, MI, residents of the community were startled by an explosion in the Little Traverse Bay.  A Strategic Air Command B-52C was on a routine…

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Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06

The Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the Detroit area from Soviet planes carrying nuclear weapons. This article…

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A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971

On January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried the remembrance of “Hiram 16”, the call sign for the…

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Red Lake Peatland Atomic Fuse Test

During the Cold War, development of the atomic bombs took place in the deserts of the southwestern United States. These areas provided vast, unpopulated areas to safely test weapons of mass destruction, but they didn’t represent the climate of the…

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Site A/Plot M Disposal Site

In the early 1940s, the race to build an atomic weapon was raging, and the Manhattan Project was in full swing.  While scientists like Oppenheimer toiled in New Mexico designing the bomb, physicists such as Enrico Fermi worked to assemble…

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The Strategic Air Command K. I. Sawyer Air Force

The Strategic Air Command served as a major part of the nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union and as the striking force for the United States for almost five decades. With many different units and squadrons stationed around the globe,…

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