Lost Nuke

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, His­tory Chan­nel Re­mem­ber Bro­ken Ar­row, with John Tra­volta striv­ing to se­cure a stolen nuke? This bro­ken ar­row (Pen­tagon code for a lost war­head) isn’t it: in fact it is much scarier. In 1950 engine fail­ure takes a US bomber down on the west coast of Canada, but while most of the crew are res­cued the bomb isn’t. A mod­ern ex­pe­di­tion sets out to dis­cover whether the weapon was armed or not. If it was, where is the plu­to­nium core and why wouldn’t the Pen­tagon talk then or now? Sus­pi­cious stuff, es­pe­cially given the US sent a team in to blow up the downed air­craft in 1954. But per­haps not sus­pi­cious enough to sus­tain a whole doc­u­men­tary, so this one in­cludes a his­tory of early Cold War weapons, no­tably the enor­mous B36 bomber and its ar­ma­ments. The doc­u­men­tary team finds the wreck and looks for ev­i­dence that the bomb was armed, which they don’t find. For a sup­pos­edly se­cret mis­sion a great deal of in­for­ma­tion is avail­able, mak­ing this an in­sight into the Cold War — the bomber’s mis­sion was to sim­u­late a Soviet at­tack on San Fran­cisco. But it’s way short of iden­ti­fy­ing a con­spir­acy.

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