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    Re: Re: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima - 6th April 1945 (Score: 1)
    by sonicbomb on Tuesday, August 07 @ 17:10:41 MDT
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    Little Boy was used first was because the Trinity test used most, if not all, of the avaliable weaponizable plutonium at the time. Little Boy was ready to be deployed by August 1st (10th lastest). Fatman would not be ready until August 6th (a second Fatman bomb by August 24th). Only one Little Boy bomb was built at the time, while many Fatman casings were ready. The only issue was the plutonium, which was made just prior to the Nagasaki mission.

    The theory of implosion was proven to be successful during Trinity, however, I doubt the planners thought the Fatman bomb was 'full-proof' as a weapon. Fatman was much safer then Little Boy, because in order for an implosion bomb to work, you truly need a deliberate initiation of the explosives assembly. This also makes the bomb more complex. So I would assume that the preparations of turning the Trinity Gadget into a deployable weapon took alot of time. Even right before loading Fatman onto 'Bock's Car', crude sealing was applied to the casing to protect the delicate barometric switch which detonated the bomb.
    At the end of the day, it's all speculative.


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