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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Chadwick
Gen. Sanger
Kathy Fitzgerald
Maj. Hicks
Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald
Sgt. Swofford
Sheriff Ben Harlen
Pepper Martinelli
A.C. Jones
Col. Brandon
Penny Travers
Col. Canby
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Justin Burnette ...
T.J. Fitzgerald


During routine maintenance of a liquid-fuelled ICBM, the fuel tank is penetrated by a falling spanner. The film traces the efforts of the maintenance crew and associated military and civilian personnel to recover the potentially disastrous situation before the fuel tank is sufficiently depressurised that the stack collapses and explodes. Written by Mike McBain <mike@calcite.apana.org.au>

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27 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Awaria wyrzutni numer 7  »

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A question for the Titan Experts here.
23 March 2008 | by (cincinnati ohio ,u.s.a.) – See all my reviews

We all know that the titan II was a VERY powerful missile, and since it was not too accurate (over 1/2 mile CEP, IIRC) it carried a huge warhead of 9 megatons, to compensate for that error. Such a warhead could easily pretty much decimate any large city in the world.

BUT..According to some stories and articles I have read, the US was SERIOUSLY thinking of putting a 35 megaton warhead on the TII. Maybe some here know::

(1--how close in actuality did this come from being deployed??

(2-- Since the missile could only carry so much weight and the W-53 already weighed in excess of 3 tons, (around 3MT/T Y/W) in order to nearly quadruple the yield, without adding too much weight, this would have required a MUCH higher yield/weight ratio than the W-53 or even the B-41. Calculations show that a Y/W ratio of such a warhead would be in excess of 9MT/T, even if the new warhead would be in excess of 4 tons. How was this going to be done?? Was it going to be a multi-stage secondary w/multiple tertiaries, making it a VERY dirty bomb?(it would seem that it would HAVE to be, in order more than to triple the Y/W ratio).

(3-WHY did the leaders even think that such a powerful warhead was needed in the first place?? Unless it was a response to the Tsar Bomba. After all a 9MT blast is MORE than big enough for ANY practical military purpose, no?? (if it was a penetration blast they needed, increasing the accuracy is a MUCH better method, than simply adding firepower--which is EXACTLY what the MIII and Peacekeeper and Trident II has done.) It is likely that one sub-megaton W-87 or W-88 RV would do MORE damage to a target of 1500 feet in diameter,or a hardened target of 200 feet, with a CEP of 300FT, than a W-53 would have done to the same target,with a CEP of 2500FT or more--WITHOUT destroying everything else for 20 miles around in the process.

And don't worry--NONE of this is 'classified", ALL of what I am talking about is available on ANY site or in any book.

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