Meet the Elite Air Force Bomb Squad That Defuses…Cannonballs from the Civil War
It isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan, but that doesn’t make the job anything less than terrifying.
The call comes in around eight p.m. on Richard Swann’s military-issued flip phone. (“Old school, you know?” he jokes. “The government doesn’t want to buy us any new technology.”) It typically sits silent in its charger for weeks at a time in the living room of Swann’s home in Dallas, Georgia, a small town about thirty miles northwest of Atlanta. Still, Swann is hardwired to answer it, rushing from his seven-year-old daughter’s room, where, on this Thursday night, he’s cut short a debate over bedtime. He knows every call, however infrequent, could be a matter of life or death.
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