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Old 03-16-2014, 10:08   #1
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Pictures of the actual A-bomb prior to loading

Subject: Declassified Historical photographs.





WW II Atomic Bomb Photos



Declassified after 70 years.



Pictures of the actual A-bomb prior to loading, only recently declassified after nearly 70 years.











http://www.alternatewars.com/Bomb_Lo...Bomb_Guide.htm
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:12   #2
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Cool seeing photos of history in the making, thanks for the link!
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:17   #3
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Awesome, passed it on.

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:53   #4
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Fascinating. Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:27   #5
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I've loaded hundreds of modern nuclear bombs and missiles over the year. Can be very sobering work. Interesting to see how they did it back in the day.

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Old 03-16-2014, 12:37   #6
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I've loaded hundreds of modern nuclear bombs and missiles over the year. Can be very sobering work. Interesting to see how they did it back in the day.

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I wonder what was going through their minds while loading it, and what went through their mind once they saw what it could do.

It is sobering for you, because you are well aware of the power of it. At the time they were loading it, I wonder if any of those guys had a clue about what they were actually touching.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:38   #7
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:40   #8
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I've flown a B-52 fully loaded and ready to deliver them, if called upon to do so.

ETA Wonder if LoadToodBoss ever loaded a B-52 that I flew? If he did, it would probably have been a conventional 'iron' bomb load destined for Viet Nam. I bombed in SEA every year from 1966 until 1972.

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Old 03-16-2014, 13:00   #9
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Wondering how much the people loading it knew about it and it's potential? Thanks for the post.
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Old 03-16-2014, 13:11   #10
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Cool series of pics kinda gives ya the chills knowing what these things are about to do.
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Old 03-16-2014, 13:38   #11
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Cool series of pics kinda gives ya the chills knowing what these things are about to do.
'Those things' back then were sort of like comparing a 'lady finger' firecracker, to several sticks of dynamite in the later years.
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Old 03-16-2014, 14:01   #12
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That thing was built and handled so crudely it belies what it was capable of.
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Old 03-16-2014, 15:08   #13
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Project A (Alberta) member CDR A. Francis Birch (left) numbers Little Boy Unit L-11 while Norman Ramsey (right) watches. This is the actual unit which was dropped on Nagasaki.
Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima.
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Some notes about "Thin Man".

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_M...uclear_bomb%29
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Old 03-16-2014, 18:13   #15
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I've flown a B-52 fully loaded and ready to deliver them, if called upon to do so.

ETA Wonder if LoadToodBoss ever loaded a B-52 that I flew? If he did, it would probably have been a conventional 'iron' bomb load destined for Viet Nam. I bombed in SEA every year from 1966 until 1972.
Not that old. I enlisted in 1976. Didn't come to the B-52 until 1992. I was a MSgt in charge of weapons loading for one of the bomb squadrons. I did supervise many nuke load outs on the buff.

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Old 03-16-2014, 18:29   #16
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Very cool! Thanks for the link.
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Old 03-16-2014, 18:58   #17
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Old 03-16-2014, 19:23   #18
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Historical ! !

Fascinating photo-show...thanks...heady stuff the folks having had their hands on that thing....

I often wondered how much, if ANY of the casing steel or other components survived the initial blast, or was it AL vaporized ? ? I would think maybe Something got blown free and away, mebbe not.

Sorta like the Higgins- Boson Particle...did any of it last even a miniscule amount of time before disintegration ? ?

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Old 03-18-2014, 03:36   #19
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Great photos. Going from basically an idea to three functioning A-bombs in just 4 years has to be the most amazing research and engineering project in history- even surpassing landing guys on the moon.
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:51   #20
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Thanks for the pictures

My grandmother worked at Oak Ridge during the WWII and never talked about it , still keeping the secrets her whole life.

My mother lived with her at the employee camps and still has some memories of it
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