U.S. Nuclear Bombers on High Alert

Oct 24, 2017

For the first time since the Cold War with the Soviet Union ended in 1991 the U.S. Air Force has put its fleet of nuclear bombers on 24 hr. alert status. This has been done because of the growing advance in the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile program and the increasingly erratic behavior of its dictator Kim Jong Un.

The major base where the nuclear weapons command is based is Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. B-52 bombers will be fully loaded with nuclear weapons and parked near the ends of massive runways. The crews will sleep in nearby quarters so they can be on the planes and have them in the air in just minutes.