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55 years ago, 6 stood under atomic bomb blast -- on purpose

 
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[link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)]
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"On July 19, 1957, five men stood at Ground Zero of an atomic test that was being conducted at the Nevada Test Site. This was the test of a 2KT (kiloton) MB-1 nuclear air-to-air rocket launched from an F-89 Scorpion interceptor. The nuclear missile detonated 10,000 ft above their heads.

A reel-to-reel tape recorder was present to record their experience. You can see and hear the men react to the shock wave moments after the detonation.

The placard reading "Ground Zero; Population Five" was made by Colonel Arthur B. "Barney" Oldfield, the Public Information Officer for the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado Spring who arranged for the volunteers to participate.

The five volunteers were:
Colonel Sidney Bruce
Lt. Colonel Frank P. Ball (technical advisor to the Steve Canyon tv show)
Major Norman "Bodie" Bodinger
Major John Hughes
Don Lutrel

and George Yoshitake, the cameraman (who wasn't a volunteer)

see George discuss his work photographing atomic and nuclear explosions in "Atomic Filmmakers."


[link to usnews.msnbc.msn.com]
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interesting

no EMP

their recording equipment still worked
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


The strong electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that results has several components. In the first few tens of nanoseconds, about a tenth of a percent of the weapon yield appears as powerful gamma rays with energies of one to three mega-electron volts (MeV, a unit of energy). The gamma rays penetrate the atmosphere and collide with air molecules, depositing their energy to produce huge quantities of positive ions and recoil electrons (also known as Compton electrons). The impacts create MeV-energy Compton electrons that then accelerate and spiral along the Earth's magnetic field lines. The resulting transient electric fields and currents that arise generate electromagnetic emissions in the radio frequency range of 15 to 250 megahertz (MHz, or one million cycles per second). This high-altitude EMP occurs between 30 and 50 kilometers (18 and 31 miles) above the Earth's surface. The potential as an anti-satellite weapon became apparent in August 1958 during Hardtack Teak. The EMP observed at the Apia Observatory at Samoa was four times more powerful than any created by solar storms, while in July 1962 the Starfish Prime test damaged electronics in Honolulu and New Zealand (approximately 1,300 kilometers away), fused 300 street lights on Oahu (Hawaii), set off about 100 burglar alarms, and caused the failure of a microwave repeating station on Kauai, which cut off the sturdy telephone system from the other Hawaiian islands. The radius for an effective satellite kill for the various prompt radiations produced by such a nuclear weapon in space was determined to be roughly 80 km. Further testing to this end was carried out, and embodied in a Department of Defense program, Program 437.
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Thread: 1957 (Ground Zero) Atom Bomb Test Video Released
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07/20/2012 09:44 PM

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I have several old cars that will survive and EMP...can make fuel from distilling corn from the garden...





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Nice ride, Brief. 1967?
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64 1/2 the first year they made them...
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NICE !!!
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07/20/2012 10:08 PM

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Col. Sidney C. Bruce (USAF, Ret.) is following up a distinguished military career with another equally effective career in religion. A leader for eight years in military applications of nuclear energy, he has thus spanned the gamut from atoms to the infinite.

still alive?
[link to www.colorado.edu]


Col. Sidney C. Bruce — died in 2005 (age 86)
Lt. Col. Frank P. Ball — died in 2003 (age 83)
Maj. John Hughes — very common name, but I'm guessing he is Maj. John W. Hughes II (born 1919, same as the above) — died in 1990 (age 71)
Maj. Norman Bodinger — unclear (not listed in the database), he may still be alive?
Don Lutrel — I think this is a misspelling of "Luttrell." There is a Donald D. Luttrell in the DVA database, US Army CPL, born 1924, died 1987 (age 63). Seems like a possibility.
[link to www.npr.org]

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I was there. They staked me to the ground looking up. Why I wear shades today.
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yea and they all got cancer a few months later
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EMPs affect solid-state electronics. At the time of this filming and recording, there were no solid state electronics.

Cars made before 1980 would not be affected, either.
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too bad the government literally destroyed most of the cars made before 1980 in that cash for clunkers program
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


Also known as the "FUCK THE POOR" program...

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