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vanity: question on nuclear testing
Kolath | 12/19/2013 | Kolath

Posted on 12/19/2013 8:14:59 PM PST by Kolath

Was trying to find out if there any USAF units solely dedicated to dropping nuclear test bombs in the Pacific and Nevada.


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1 posted on 12/19/2013 8:14:59 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Kolath

Uhhhhhhhhh ... no one drops bombs any more, as far as I know. Testing is done underground.


2 posted on 12/19/2013 8:18:49 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy
The nuclear test ban treaty was signed about fifty years ago.
3 posted on 12/19/2013 8:21:45 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I have to say I am amused by the concept of a current USAF unit dedicated to dropping nuclear bombs on Nevada. I would imagine that Harry Reid would oppose it.


4 posted on 12/19/2013 8:23:34 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kolath
How about A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 ?
5 posted on 12/19/2013 8:27:31 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Kolath

We, the US, does not drop bombs for this anymore.

We stopped many years ago and started underground nuclear testing.


6 posted on 12/19/2013 8:29:14 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kolath

Fair question but when they were making above ground tests, I was of the impression they were tower mounted bombs. They made some people I knew that lived on the Kiabab Plateau nervous.


7 posted on 12/19/2013 8:29:28 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Kolath

Atomic Weapons Tests: Operation Tumbler Snapper - 1952 Documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxC7fLCFlgg


8 posted on 12/19/2013 8:29:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Kolath

I should add, we have not done any underground testing for a couple of decades.


9 posted on 12/19/2013 8:30:23 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kolath
Was trying to find out if there any USAF units solely dedicated to dropping nuclear test bombs in the Pacific and Nevada.

Nah... just one unit and it was South Carolina.

10 posted on 12/19/2013 8:31:12 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Testing is done underground.

Odd how fracking is dangerous, but underground nuclear explosions aren't.

11 posted on 12/19/2013 8:32:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I think we then stopped that too.


12 posted on 12/19/2013 8:33:13 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Kolath

No, but if you wish, you can rent your home to the USAF for nuclear bomb testing.


13 posted on 12/19/2013 8:34:46 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Kolath

Tests in Nevada were underground and stopped around 1990.


14 posted on 12/19/2013 8:34:51 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: Kolath

You may now tell us why you need to know.


15 posted on 12/19/2013 8:37:28 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress; All

Dad worked in the Air Force in the 1950’s and told me of an event he attended (VIP event) where a nuke test was done. He said it was an airdrop.


16 posted on 12/19/2013 8:43:27 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Kolath

The USAF did drop bombs from planes over the Bikini Atoll in the 50’s-60’s.

They then flew planes threw the mushroom cloud after it had cooled to measure the radiation effects.

I knew a pilot that did that. He passed from cancer in 1995? maybe.


17 posted on 12/19/2013 8:47:08 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kolath

That could be entirely true but mostly the air drops were from towers and very limited in scope.

The big tests were all underground.

The first test was tower and understood to never be the kt it was ever again.

No Aircraft drop detonations in the US that I know of.


18 posted on 12/19/2013 8:50:21 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress

There were several airdrops at the Nevada Test Site.


19 posted on 12/19/2013 8:55:13 PM PST by andrew1957
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To: Kolath

Is there a reason you are curious about it now?

I have worked various ranges and areas that can shed some light in Nevada but cannot help with NM.


20 posted on 12/19/2013 8:55:27 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: andrew1957

thanks a lot


21 posted on 12/19/2013 8:56:12 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress

Just got a text message and link from my brother on this......4925th Test Group.

Got some research to do. Dad is trying to get in touch with some old Air Force buddies who served in that unit (he forgot the unit’s designation...his mind is slipping). He’s trying to arrange one last reunion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4925th_Test_Group


22 posted on 12/19/2013 9:00:47 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Kolath

Your going to have to go through Kirtland AFB.

They have all the areas listed. My area was the Tonopah Range.

Knowledge of most of this activity is still classified. See what Kirtland can provide.


23 posted on 12/19/2013 9:08:10 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress

Christmas Atoll (sp?) comes to mind. Air dropped test, with live unprotected observers directly below. I kid you not. Videos exist, find them.


24 posted on 12/19/2013 9:13:03 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: ctdonath2

Kwaj and places like that are not free for discussion.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 9:15:04 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I would imagine that Harry Reid would oppose it.

that's where they should drop it....pre-warn him....if he can catch it, it won't go off!!!

26 posted on 12/19/2013 9:16:45 PM PST by terycarl (common sense rules overall)
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To: ClearCase_guy

underground nuke testing ended over a decade ago.


27 posted on 12/19/2013 9:52:00 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: eyedigress

Hmm, I think Kwaj is public knowledge now is it not?


28 posted on 12/19/2013 9:56:25 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Kolath

a black tie affair? did waiters circulate with trays of refreshments?


29 posted on 12/19/2013 9:58:40 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Very cool documentary. How did you run across it?


30 posted on 12/20/2013 1:43:43 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: UCANSEE2

Don’t forget the 4 H-bombs the USAF dropped on Spain...the Palomares incident in ‘66.


31 posted on 12/20/2013 2:04:09 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: JohnnyP

I found that YT channel by accident. Lot’s of good documentaries there.


32 posted on 12/20/2013 6:31:04 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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