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Command and Control 

An account of an incident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., in 1980 that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful... See full summary »

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Robert Kenner
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Episode credited cast:
Harold Brown ... Himself
Allan Childers Allan Childers ... Himself
Greg Devlin Greg Devlin ... Himself
Mona Harper Mona Harper ... Herself
Rodney Holder Rodney Holder ... Himself
Sam Hutto Sam Hutto ... Himself
Sid King Sid King ... Himself
Bud Laumer Bud Laumer ... Himself
John Moser John Moser ... Himself
Bob Peurifoy Bob Peurifoy ... Himself
Jeffrey Plumb Jeffrey Plumb ... Himself
Dave Powell Dave Powell ... Himself
David Pryor David Pryor ... Himself
Skip Rutherford Skip Rutherford ... Himself
James Sandaker James Sandaker ... Himself
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An account of an incident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., in 1980 that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The near-calamity was kicked off when a socket fell from the wrench of an airman performing maintenance in a Titan II silo and punctured the missile, releasing a stream of highly explosive rocket fuel. Included: first-person accounts of USAF personnel on the scene. Written by Jwelch5742

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TV-PG
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English

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10 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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This really sounded interesting...but wasn't.
25 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Command and Control" is an installment of "The American Experience" that sure sounds interesting. After all, back in 1980, a Titan II missile in its silo had a fire and the warhead nearly exploded!! This is a hydrogen bomb warhead! Additionally, the show talks a bit about a few other incidents that were nearly as disastrous....so why was I left so cold about this? Because there was enough material for a one hour broadcast...yet it was stretched out to two! Because of this, so much of it felt padded and the pace was very very slow...and anticlimactic. Not a bad show but a surprisingly dull and ineffective documentary.


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