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    BLU-109

     
    The Third Core’s Revenge
     
    By the end of August 1945, there had been a total of three plutonium cores created in the entire world. Everyone knows about the first two. The first was put into the Gadget and detonated at Trinity in July 1945. The second was put into the Fat Man and detonated over Nagasaki in August 1945. The third, however, has been largely overlooked. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Friday, April 04 @ 05:33:23 MDT (4412 reads)
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    Lockheed Martin Announces SR-71 Blackbird Successor
     
    Lockheed Martin has unveiled news that a Mach 6 capable successor to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird could be demonstrated as soon as 2018. As well as a reconnaissance, the aircraft could be used as delivery platform for a new generation of hypersonic missiles.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, November 11 @ 07:14:12 MST (7732 reads)
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    Nuclear Testing History in Films Project
     
    My friends project site for experiments in digital color restoration for selected atmospheric testing era films, obtained from U.S. government sources - 14mev.blogspot.co.uk|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Sunday, September 08 @ 03:02:03 MDT (5320 reads)
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    The Nuclear Outboard Motor
     
    In the early 1960s the U.S. Navy worked to develop a disposable atomic-powered outboard motor that would have made America’s warships a Hell of a lot more efficient. But there were some problems.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Tuesday, September 03 @ 14:42:01 MDT (6407 reads)
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    Nuclear Testing Wallpaper
     
    A collection of large high quality images of atmospheric nuclear testing for use as computer wallpaper.

    Posted by sonicbom on Saturday, November 17 @ 14:54:43 MST (4335 reads)
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    Skydiving from the Edge Of Space
     
    In the late 50's and early 60's Joseph Kittinger participated in a number of record breaking jumps from the edge of space, setting records that stand to this day: the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest free-fall, and fastest speed by man through the atmosphere. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Friday, August 10 @ 10:44:49 MDT (10630 reads)
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    Did nuclear fallout Kill John Wayne?
     
    The tragic tale of the "The Conqueror" and the deaths of those involved in its making. The brain child of eccentric billionaire and aviator Howard Hughes, the historical epic cast John Wayne as Temujin aka Genghis Khan.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, March 05 @ 09:10:18 MST (17898 reads)
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    Undark and the Radium Girls
     
    In 1922, a bank teller named Grace Fryer became concerned when her teeth began to loosen and fall out for no discernible reason. Her troubles were compounded when her jaw became swollen and inflamed, so she sought the assistance of a doctor in diagnosing the inexplicable symptoms. Using a primitive X-ray machine, the physician discovered serious bone decay, the likes of which he had never seen. Her jawbone was honeycombed with small holes, in a random pattern reminiscent of moth-eaten fabric. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, October 03 @ 10:55:16 MDT (26324 reads)
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    Operation Skyshield
     
    Operation Skyshield was a series of three large-scale military exercises conducted in the United States in 1960s designed to test the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) defenses against Soviet air attack. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Saturday, September 03 @ 13:12:06 MDT (23251 reads)
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    Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'
     
    A cosmonaut circles the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he's on the phone with Soviet official Alexei Kosygin - then a high official of the Soviet Union — who is crying because he too is convinced the cosmonaut is about to die..|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Friday, April 22 @ 22:27:35 MDT (24035 reads)
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    Battle of Britain: Remembering the Czech aces
     
    This year marks the 71st anniversary of the "Battle of Britain", when the Royal Air Force successfully defended Britain's shores from Nazi invasion. Among the RAF fighting men were almost ninety Czechoslovak and Polish pilots -- including the top scoring ace of the entire battle.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, February 07 @ 17:31:53 MST (16156 reads)
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    British Airways Flight 9
     
    24/06/1982 - British Airways Flight 9 flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by Mount Galunggung, causing the simultaneous failure of all four engines and plunging the 263 passengers out of the sky.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Sunday, January 09 @ 22:10:19 MST (18271 reads)
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    The Nuclear Powered Bomber
     
    In pursuit of what atomic energy might offer the United States Air Forces, in 1944 a program was initiated to produce an operational nuclear powered bomber.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Friday, September 03 @ 20:02:01 MDT (25215 reads)
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    Blue Peacock - The Chicken-powered Nuke
     
    Blue Peacock Conceived during the Cold War, the seven tonne device was the size of small truck and was designed to be buried or submerged by a British Army retreating from Soviet forces. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Saturday, July 31 @ 09:05:53 MDT (27151 reads)
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    Hitler's Stealth Fighter
     
    In the final months of WWII, a jet powered flying wing made its first test flight from a remote airfield deep inside Nazi Germany. Generations ahead of its time, the Horten 229 had been designed to be a lethal high speed fighter-bomber and more importantly, virtually undetectable to Allied radar.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Wednesday, April 28 @ 20:12:43 MDT (38780 reads)
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    Dead Hand - Soviet Doomsday Machine
     
    Dead hand the commonly accepted name for a system developed by the former Soviet Union to allow the country to retaliate against a nation aggressor should a nuclear strike destroy or incapacitate the Soviet leadership. Such a strike is known as a nuclear decapitation.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Thursday, March 18 @ 22:07:38 MDT (28448 reads)
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    The Runit Dome
     
    50 years after the US military's nuclear testing in the Pacific ended, Marshall islanders are still living with the legacy of a decaying nuclear waste dump known as the Runit Dome.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Thursday, January 21 @ 20:47:45 MST (38709 reads)
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    Goldsboro Broken Arrow
     
    On 24 January 1961, Goldsboro North Carolina, a B-52 Stratofortress carrying two multi-megaton nuclear bombs broke up in mid-air, dropping its thermonuclear payload near the tiny farming village of Faro.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, November 30 @ 11:13:44 MST (29859 reads)
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    NASA’s Lost Female Astronauts
     
    In the late 1950s, the United States government contemplated training women as astronauts, and newly released medical test results show that they were just as capable and tough as the men who went to the moon.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Saturday, October 31 @ 07:46:24 MDT (22022 reads)
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    Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier?
     
    The story of how Captain Chuck Yeager opened the throttles of the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis in October 1947 is well known. Breaking the sound barrier was to aviation what Neil Armstrong's first step was to the space program. Yeager's name will always sit atop every list of record-breaking pilots, up there by himself in his own special stratosphere. But, was he really the first pilot to fly faster than sound?|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Wednesday, September 30 @ 07:59:18 MDT (22739 reads)
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    Apollo 11
     
    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing moon in July 1969. While 600 million people watched on TV, Neil Alden Armstrong stepped from the LM, and set foot in the dust of Mare Tranquillitatis. The Apollo moon landings were one of the greatest achievement in human history, and have been an inspiration to all mankind for the last 40 years.|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, July 20 @ 20:17:40 MDT (17320 reads)
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    Unit 731 - The Asian Auschwitz
     
    1932, Pingfang Northern China was the home of Unit 731, the world’s first biological war complex. Masterminded by army doctor General Shiro Ishii, who believed that biological weapons were so powerful, that the normal doctrine of medicine to save lives should be reversed. Today the world is still threatened by the technology pioneered by unit 731, one of this century’s most murderous collaborations between scientists and soldiers. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, June 15 @ 13:17:10 MDT (43248 reads)
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    Fritz Haber - The Father of Modern Chemical Warfare
     
    When WW1 broke out in 1914, the German high command were confident of an early victory. However the war quickly stagnated into a trench-bound war of attrition, before one of Germanys leading scientists Fritz Haber, offered the Fatherland a way out of the impass. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Thursday, May 14 @ 12:27:45 MDT (38782 reads)
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    The Flying Crowbar
     
    At the dawn of the atomic age, scientists began work on what might have been the nastiest weapon ever conceived. The SLAM was a failed U.S. Air Force project conceived at the height of the cold war. Although it never proceeded beyond the initial design phase, in the event of nuclear war it was intended to fly below the cover of enemy radar at supersonic speeds delivering thermonuclear warheads. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Thursday, April 16 @ 19:37:52 MDT (36461 reads)
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    Davy Crockett: King of the Atomic Frontier
     
    On 17 July 1962, a caravan of scientists, dignitaries and VIPs such as Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy gathered in Nevada to witness an historic event. They had come to observe the "Little Feller I" test shot, the final phase of Operation Sunbeam. The main attraction was a secret device bolted to the roof of an armored personnel carrier, a contraption called The Davy Crockett. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Thursday, March 19 @ 17:29:34 MDT (27598 reads)
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    We Were Trapped by Radioactive Fallout
     
    Bikini Atol 1954 during Operation Castle, nine scientists are caught twenty miles from ground zero when one of the the biggest thermonuclear bombs of all time was detonated. This is the amazing account of their experience...|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Monday, February 23 @ 14:51:56 MST (37645 reads)
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    Thule Broken Arrow
     
    January 21st 1968, a US Air Force B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed into the frozen ocean in Greenland near Thule Air Base, causing widespread radioactive contamination. Controversially, the components of only three of the four bombs could be accounted for, leaving a radioactive legacy that haunts the inhabitants of North Star Bay to this day..|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Saturday, January 17 @ 21:35:59 MST (23062 reads)
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    The Vela Incident
     
    On 22 September 1979, a US satellite recorded a pattern of intense flashes in a remote portion of the Indian Ocean. Moments later a distant, muffled thud was overheard by the US Navy's undersea Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). Evidently something violent and explosive had transpired in the ocean off the southern tip of Africa. |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Sunday, December 21 @ 09:23:17 MST (62016 reads)
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    The Man Who Stuck His Head Inside a Particle Accelerator
     
    As a 36 year old researcher at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino, Anatoli Bugorski used to work with the largest Soviet particle accelerator, the synchrotron U-70. On July 13, 1978, Bugorski was checking a malfunctioning piece of equipment when an accident occurred due to failed safety mechanisms..|Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Friday, November 28 @ 14:26:56 MST (71025 reads)
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    Did Nazi Germany possess the Atom Bomb?
     
    The very threat of a German nuclear weapon was the driving force behind the Manhattan Project, which developed the bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ultimately ended the war. But how advanced was the Nazi bomb program, and how close was it to creating a usable weapon in 1945? |Read More|
    Posted by sonicbom on Tuesday, October 21 @ 23:20:38 MDT (33011 reads)
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    Old Articles

    Monday, September 29
    · Vasili Arkhipov - The Man Who Saved The World
    Friday, September 05
    · The Atomic Boy Scout
    Friday, August 08
    · Mars Bluff ''Broken Arrow''
    Friday, July 11
    · Atomic Annie
    Saturday, June 07
    · Ford Nucleon - The Atomic Car
    Friday, May 16
    · The Tybee Bomb
    Saturday, April 26
    · The Nedelin Catastrophe
    Tuesday, April 01
    · Project Orion - To Saturn by Atom bomb
    Saturday, March 08
    · Anthrax Island
    Saturday, February 09
    · Did nuclear fallout Kill John Wayne?
    Tuesday, January 22
    · The Palomares Incident
    Wednesday, January 16
    · Skydiving from the Edge Of Space
    Monday, December 10
    · Apocalypses That Might Have Been
    Sunday, November 25
    · The Tsar Bomba - The King of Bombs
    Friday, November 16
    · British nukes were protected by bike locks
    Friday, November 02
    · BBC Consultant Credit
    Thursday, November 01
    · Hiroshima pilot dies aged 92
    Friday, October 19
    · The Vulcan flys again!
    Sunday, October 14
    · 60th Aniversary of the Breaking of the Sound Barrier
    Wednesday, October 10
    · Windscale: The UK's biggest nuclear disaster
    Thursday, October 04
    · Sputnik Launched on this day 50 Years Ago
    Thursday, September 27
    · AP Grenade attacks increasing in Iraq
    Wednesday, September 12
    · Russia Tests 'World's Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Bomb'
    Thursday, September 06
    · Musluymovo - Nuclear Village of the Damned
    Tuesday, August 21
    · Will Israel Bomb Iran?
    Thursday, August 09
    · The Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki - 9th August 1945
    Monday, August 06
    · The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima - 6th August 1945
    Sunday, July 29
    · £3.8bn ''Future Carrier'' order confirmed
    Wednesday, July 18
    · Did Nazi Germany possess the Atom Bomb?
    Sunday, July 01
    · The Flying Crowbar

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