Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Atomic Wednesday

A short post this week. A little busy.

Operation: Teapot
Test: Turk (device name: Linda)
Time: 13:20 7 March 1955 (GMT)
5:20 7 March 1955 (PST)
Location: Nevada Test Site (NTS), Area 2
Test Height and Type: 500 Foot Tower Shot
Yield: 43 kt
This was a UCRL test of a primary for the XW-27 Class "D" (light weight) thermonuclear weapon. The device, named LINDA, was a mockup of the XW-27 radiation case and was 30.5 inches by 61.3 inches and weighed 2325 lb. Expected yield was 45 kt.

Photo shows how the atomic bomb blast in Nevada looked over Los Angeles from the roof of the Statler Hotel (Wilshire grand). Note the sharpness of City Hall (right background), the Richfield Building (right foreground) and other buildings in the area. Ridge of mountains is also sharply outlined. Photo dated: March 7, 1955.

Fallout from Turk reached 3008 counties The worst hit was Inyo California.


WAT said...

I'm so glad I wasn't alive back then to get his by all this ridiculous radiation. Some other type of radiation is still probably killing me as we speak, but all this mushroom cloud testing back in the day was ridiculous.

Fucking Cold War. What a waste of time and money developing such horrid weapons.

They sure are purty to look at though. I love TRINITY hosted by William Shatner!

Gavin Elster said...

Dude I have all the Atomic films Peter Kuran made. I've wanted to work with him for years.

I love John Morgan's score. He is a friggin genius.