In 1961, a B-52 came apart in the air over North Carolina. The hydrogen bomb it was carrying fell towards the earth, its systems acting like it had been dropped intentionally. Its parachute and its trigger mechanism deployed. There were four safeguards to prevent the bomb from exploding unintentionally. Three of them failed. One electrical switch, which could easily have shorted out, held, preventing the nuking of North Carolina.
We’ll probably never know all of the other close calls we’ve had, not just these big dramatic potential disasters as a nation, but also in our personal lives. Have any of you had any close calls that you’d like to tell us about?