Bradford Runyon Interview, 5 May 2000

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BR:Yeah. Yeah like they just—it was mentioned—the fines and penalties, you know if anything was said that shouldn't be said.
INT:Okay. Why don't we talk about the sighting itself, which was 24th of October—
BR:Of '68. Well, we'd been flying for 10 hours at this time—
INT:What was your route at that time?
BR:Well, it was just a typical training mission. We take off and air re-fuel, do a high altitude navigation training for the navigators and low-level route in the—oh, just air work, and then usually come back into a few touch and go landings. But, in 10 hours, you know, we'd fly all over the United States, Canada and so on.
INT:Okay. And that was your regular routine now?
BR:Yes, just a regular routine.
INT:I mean, were you doing that every day, or—
BR:Well some planes were doing it everyday, but my typical routine would be to spend, oh, a week on nuclear alert, then have 4 days off after being there for 7 days, and then fly twice during the week, and then go on alert for another week and then fly two or three times again. So basically, we were on alert more than anything.
INT:Were you carrying weapons?
BR:At the time of this incident?
INT:Well, during your missions. Was that a normal routine?
BR:Okay. Part of the time we were carrying weapons and part of the planes were always on nuclear alert, loaded with weapons, and this particular airplane that I was flying was a FSAGA, which was the First Sortie After Ground Alert, but I think nuclear weapons had been downloaded before we went on this training mission. But they weren't always, but we accidentally lost so many nuclear bombs on the United States that, you know, they started taking 'em off the planes.
INT:During your time there, was there ever an incident where there was an apparent breach?

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