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Pictures of the actual A-bomb prior to loading

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by lethal tupperwa, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. lethal tupperwa

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    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    Cool seeing photos of history in the making, thanks for the link!
     

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    Hugo R Gaff G26 User!

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    Awesome, passed it on.

    HR:cool:
     
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    Fascinating. Thank you.
     
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    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

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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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    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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    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

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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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    Sigobsessed Ruggedly handsome

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    Cool series of pics kinda gives ya the chills knowing what these things are about to do.
     
  11. Caver 60

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    'Those things' back then were sort of like comparing a 'lady finger' firecracker, to several sticks of dynamite in the later years.
     
  12. briarpatch

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    That thing was built and handled so crudely it belies what it was capable of.
     
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    Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima.
     
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    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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    Very cool! Thanks for the link.
     
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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 ? ?

    I am * bvvvvvvvvvvvttt* .. BOOM out...:cool:
     
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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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    Earthworm Jim Direct Path

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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