Film Featuring USAF ICBM Missileers to Premiere on 3 June at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

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Old Guys and Their Airplanes Announces Film Premiere: The Greatest Weapon Ever Used - A Missileer's Story

It's time to recognize the USAF Missileers for their amazing work in nuclear deterrence." - John Mollison, aviation artist and filmmaker

“THE GREATEST WEAPON EVER USED” is used every day.

In a new episode of the award-winning web show, Old Guys and Their Airplanes (OGTA), retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Parker, former commander of the 20th Air Force and former Air Force Missileer, offers his perspectives on the reliability of both the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the Missileers who stand alert around the clock.

“The Minuteman ICBM missile system has been on alert every day since 1961,” stated Parker. “It’s because of this constant alert, we can say the Minuteman system is being used every day.”

In “The Greatest Weapon Ever Used,” Parker not only retells the importance of ICBMs to a generation far removed from the Cold War, but explains how ICBMs are the most responsive missile system in the nuclear triad and can launch in less than a minute.

Parker, who retired in 1996, served as both a launch control officer and as a weapons inspector in Russia. His experience includes on-site inspection in Russia to ensure compliance with nuclear arms treaties. “This was important work. Both sides wanted a safer world for our grandchildren,” stated Parker.

OGTA produced the episode because, “there’s a lot of talk today about nuclear weapons and their delivery, but very few of us understand the people who are responsible to deploy these weapons,” said John Mollison, aviation artist, writer and host of the show. “This episode highlights not only the reliability of the Minuteman ICBM but the humanity and resolve of those responsible for the weapon system.”

Filmed in California and North Dakota, additional insight is provided by Missileers from the 742nd and 740th Missile Squadrons.

“The Greatest Weapon Ever Used” will premiere at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. with Parker in attendance to offer additional insight into his command of the 20th Air Force and the nation’s ICBM systems.

Trailer/Preview of The Greatest Weapon Ever Used can be viewed at:

Registration for special rate admission to the Museum (and Premiere) can be found at:

The episode has additional Premieres scheduled for June and July
On-Demand Premiere: June 3: On-demand at
South Dakota Premiere: June 24: South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth AFB
National Historic Site Premiere: July 8: The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall, SD
Public Broadcasting Premiere: July 13: SD Public Broadcasting

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