They Were Told They Were Likely Going To Die, And Were Allowed One Phone Call Home To Say Goodbye

Imagine being told that you could call home to say good-bye to your loved ones, knowing that it might be the last time you speak to them, and you can’t even tell them why you are calling. That was the reality faced by a number of U.S. air force members as they left on a possible bomber mission in 1962.

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At the height of the Cold War, tensions were running high between the United States and the Soviet Union. Several nuclear bomber planes left U.S. soil with orders to cross the arctic and drop nuclear bombs on multiple Russian targets.

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