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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Dalton Wayne, Apr 28, 2012.
Very interesting! I love reading stuff like this! Glad the family made it safely...I would've definitely needed a fresh pair of underwear after that! I couldn't imagine not expecting something like that and then *WWWAMMM!!!* a nuclear bomb goes off in your back yard. Luckily it did not have nuclear capabilities triggered on it.
I remember hearing about the one in Goldsboro NC when I was stationed there.
One of the reasons we quit flying airborne alerts in the 60's.
The north never did get over the civil war.
I'm baffled by the bit that says 'the nuclear core of the bomb was stored elsewhere on the plane'.
So, the bomb is in the bomb bay, ready to drop, with the HE detonator armed, and in place. But you have to put in the fissile materials by HAND? in the air? Because it's stored somewhere else on the plane?
Am I missing something here, or is this just... loony?
The one thing you don't want to hear with nuclear weapons is 'Oops-' ........
Yes, by hand, in the air. That's the way they did it then, maybe still do; I've been away from it for a while. The idea was to prevent a nuclear explosion if this scenario ever happened. Since the high explosives detonated, the only reason there wasn't a nuclear yield was the absence of the pit.
Did it explode?
If I remember correctly we are missing 11 Nukes.
The Soviet Union.......is believed to be missing many many more.
Crimeny! How heavy was that thing? Isn't fissile material just about the most dense stuff known? HH
I think the exact numbers are classified, but you'd be surprised how little the fissile part of the bomb weighs.
I always thought the minimum for critical mass was still in the area of about 20 kilos, and I would imagine a free-fall stragegic thermonuke would have much, much more... HH
The Fat Man pit was about 9 cm diameter.
Interesting. Quick math for Pu would put that at just under 4 Kg. Thanks.
And remember that thermonuclear devices didn't necessarily have to have a whole lot more fissile material. They used the tritium and hydrogen to boost things.
Here's a story of the so-called "demon core."
More like 8 kilos, but still very manageable.
4.5^3 * Pi * 4/3 * 19.8 = 7.5kg
There was a small town in NW Florida wiped out and then bought out way back around WWII as I recall. With traditional bombs in a mistake during a nighttime exercise. I visited the spot where there is a memorial and the foundations remain. It as near the end of the Eglin AFB reservation bombing ranges. Out near a town called Defuniak Springs if I recall correctly. I can't exactly recall the location exactly nor the name of it... but I do remember going there. I think the government bought the whole town out and moved what was left of the homes that were standing. A plaque describes the event. It was still accessible then in the early 70's. It was a small community of perhaps a dozen houses at its time.