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    Grapple X

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    Date: 17:47 UTC 08/11/1957 | Type: Air drop @2250m | Yield: 1.8Mt

    Grapple X was Britain's first truly successful thermonuclear bomb test in that the design yield was successfully reached. This was Britain's first megaton-class explosion, showing that the UK had achieved mastery of H-bomb design. The test was to be detonated over the uninhabited far end of Christmas Island to save money and time. The island was a coral atoll atop an extinct volcano, and some of the servicemen feared that the explosion would cause the Island to tip up and sink into the sea.

    Published on: 2005-12-18 (13509 reads)

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