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Videographer had bottoms up view of nuclear blast, lives to tell tale.
Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012 | Mary Quinn O'Connor

Posted on 07/30/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT by America_Right

George Yoshitake, Don Luttrell, and four other officers stood directly underneath an exploding nuclear warhead 55 years ago -- and lived to tell their tale.

The blast was just a test, a bit of Cold War marketing designed to make the concept of nuclear war less scary for the public, but the 2-kiloton atomic explosion set off over the Nevada nuclear test site (and over the heads of those six men) was very real.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/27/how-does-it-feel-to-stand-under-nuclear-bomb/?intcmp=features#ixzz227VcfW9E

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: nevadatestsite; nuclearwar; nukes
Yikes...
1 posted on 07/30/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT by America_Right
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To: America_Right

Must have been the warhead of the “Genie” nuclear A-A missile...


2 posted on 07/30/2012 8:35:00 AM PDT by Rca2000 ( NEVER underestimate the power of "one little election", in WI.....)
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To: America_Right

“...all six members of the group have had cancer, with four dying of it.”


3 posted on 07/30/2012 8:40:24 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: America_Right
Luttrell explained that the men never discussed if they felt the cancer was related to "genie shot," but he's confident no one involved would have made a different decision.

Apparently the League of Long Lasting Lawyers hasn't found them, nobody mentioned "lawsuit" in this article.

4 posted on 07/30/2012 8:43:45 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: America_Right

6 out of 6 got cancer and four died in their 40s or 50s from it.
I’m a little surprised that the radiation from the tests wasn’t a real concern even in the fifties.


5 posted on 07/30/2012 8:44:10 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: America_Right

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/27/how-does-it-feel-to-stand-under-nuclear-bomb/?intcmp=features#ixzz227VcfW9E


6 posted on 07/30/2012 8:48:58 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: America_Right

How did the recorder continue to work? Wouldn’t the EMP fry it?


7 posted on 07/30/2012 8:53:00 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated populace is the biggest threat to our nation.)
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To: my small voice

Unlike semiconductors, vacuum tubes tolerate the over-voltages caused by EMP.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 9:04:38 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1287 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: my small voice
How did the recorder continue to work? Wouldn’t the EMP fry it?

There's also little to no EMP from an explosion in the middle of the atmosphere.

9 posted on 07/30/2012 9:07:56 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Clump
I worked with a guy whose father was one of the soldiers in a unit that was exposed to a bomb blast.

He, himself, was born with a cleft palate that required surgery, and his father suffered health problems in the decades afterward.

One of the anecdotes about the Trinity test was how disconcerting Edward Teller's slathering on sunscreen was among others in the bunker as they waited for the countdown.

10 posted on 07/30/2012 9:09:23 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: null and void
You know, EG&G, the "E" being high speed photography pioneer "Doc" Harold Eugene Edgerton, came up with a capacitive glass shutter that allowed the blast photography. Mechanical shutters just aren't (weren't?) fast enough.

Never thought about EMP potentially affecting the electrical shutter.

11 posted on 07/30/2012 9:21:09 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: America_Right

First rule of the military: NEVER volunteer for anything. You are gonna get ordered to do shiite anyways.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 9:33:20 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Flightdeck
“...all six members of the group have had cancer, with four dying of it.”

Ok how old are these guys? If in their 30s in 1957 they gotta be in their late 80s or 90s today. If that is accurate then someone has to explain their longevity.

All men after the age of 70 have "cancer". Our prostate gland has a timer and most start having signs of cells with nuclear anaplasia. The advances in cardiology and smoking cessation pushed life expectancies for men out of the 60 decade and into the 70 and 80 decades. We all die of something so instead of buying it at age 65 from a "coronary" we go from these slow growing cancers of the prostate and when that gets treated successfully it will be something else.

13 posted on 07/30/2012 9:40:54 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: Clump
"I’m a little surprised that the radiation from the tests wasn’t a real concern even in the fifties.'

There were concerns about the effect of radiation from above ground nuke test during the 50's. Newscasts featured fallout pattern maps, etc. Some may also remember the Strontium 90 in milk alerts. The end result were the test ban treaties of the 60's. However the environmental wacko movement was embryonic and the Feds ran a masterful "your friend the atom" propaganda campaign to augment the US position during the Cold War.

14 posted on 07/30/2012 10:15:50 AM PDT by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: Izzy Dunne

“...League of Long Lasting Lawyers...”

LOL.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 10:23:29 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: my small voice

The warhead was relatively small < 2KT and the detonation occurred in the lower atmosphere. ~10,000 ft. Hence, less EMP. The electronics were more likely vacuum tube or simple transistor, not IC. Hence, more resistant to EMP.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 10:59:53 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: my small voice

The warhead was relatively small < 2KT and the detonation occurred in the lower atmosphere. ~10,000 ft. Hence, less EMP. The electronics were more likely vacuum tube or simple transistor, not IC. Hence, more resistant to EMP.


17 posted on 07/30/2012 11:00:21 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: my small voice; null and void; Strategerist; reg45
What electronics? In 1957 they would have used a mechanical film camera. The camera would probably have had no sound (why would you need it?), and, hence, had no electronics of any kind.

Takes an old fart like me to remember what it was like back in those days.

18 posted on 07/30/2012 12:12:58 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? [NRA Life Member])
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