Malmstrom Airmen successfully performed a simulated missile launch on Tuesday.
Each year, the base conducts a simulated launch by opening the 110 ton blast door covering the missile. The launch facility was "safed" on Tuesday, making it impossible to actually launch the missile.
The simulation gives airmen a chance to test aspects of the missile system that can't be done unless it's activated
Nuclear attack on D.C. a hypothetical disaster
A nuclear device detonated near the White House would kill roughly 100,000 people and flatten downtown federal buildings, while the radioactive plume from the explosion would likely spread toward the Capitol and into Southeast D.C., contaminating thousands more.
The blast from the 10-kiloton bomb — similar to the bomb dropped over Hiroshima during World War II — would kill up to one in 10 tourists visiting the Washington Monument and send shards of glass flying the length of the National Mall, in a scenario that has become increasingly likely to occur in a major U.S. city in recent years, panel members told a Senate committee yesterday.
"It's inevitable," said Cham E. Dallas, director of the Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia, who has charted the potential explosion's effect in the District and testified before a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "I think it's wistful to think that it won't happen by 20 years." (cont...)
Among the aircrafts will be the MIG-29, Sukhoi, F14, aerial refueling aircrafts, interceptors and passenger planes (Boeing 707 and 747).
The air parade aims to reveal the power of the Iranian armed forces to defend their homeland, added 'Alavi.
BAE Systems has integrated sophisticated sensors into the combat helmets it builds for the U.S. military to measure and record the impact of blasts, gunshots and other warfare trauma on troops.