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LCF Loses Control of Minuteman Missiles
1977
Grand Forks, North Dakota


 
Robert Hastings:
Sometime in 1977; Grand Forks AFB, ND
Around midnight. USAF Technical Sergeant Thomas E. Johnson was a Flight Security Supervisor (FSS) for the Minuteman missiles at Grand Forks and was approaching the Golf-0 Launch Control Facility (LCF) when he heard on the radio that they were dispatching a Security Alert Team (SAT) to investigate a Situation-4, which is the possible penetration of a launch facility (LF). Alarms had gone off there and the team was being sent to check it out. As he got to the LCF, the SAT team was just leaving and opened the gate for him. He then spoke with the Golf Flight Security Controller and they listened to the team calling in their reports as they neared the missile site and were seeing unidentified lights in the sky some distance ahead of them. Some appeared reddish in color. One minute they’d be hovering at one location then, suddenly, they’d be in another spot, so fast that the SAT team couldn’t tell whether it was two different objects or the same object jumping from one location to another. The sky was clear with no clouds. There was no noise associated with the lights and the rapid jumping around the sky, in the blink of an eye, was definitely not something helicopters could do. A short time later, one of the missile launch officers at Golf, a young lieutenant, told them that they had lost control of the missiles right when the lights appeared over the sites and couldn’t communicate with them. The Golf LCF couldn't have launched their missiles if they had been ordered to do so. Several days later maintenance teams were in the field, changing the targeting codes.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/77XXXXgrandforksND_report.htm (Robert Hastings)



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