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PHOTOS PERTAINING TO NUCLEAR TESTING

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      Clicking on the photo thumbnails will produce the full 8x10 photograph for downloading and printing. All of these full size photographs vary in size from 180k to over 600k. Some of these photos were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional photos were provided from the collection of J. DeBusk.


Fallout Map
Fallout Map -- Areas of the continental United States crossed by more than one nuclear cloud during the atmospheric atomic tests.

The atomic blasts of the 1950s and 1960s illuminated the Southwestern deserts, shattering windows in Las Vegas, and hurled billowing clouds of radioactive dust. For many years these clouds drifted across America poisoning animals and people in Utah and searing the boot soles of troops on maneuvers just yards from ground zero being used as "Atomic Guinea Pigs."


Dr. N. Bradbury
Doctor Norris Bradbury, 1909 - 1997 Norris Bradbury led Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory for 25 years, from October 1945 to 1970, replacing its first director J. Robert Oppenheimer.

During his tenure, all but 7 of the 56 major LANL nuclear weapon designs to actually reach the U.S. arsenal were conceived.


Historic 1951 Photo
Vegas Vic This is the famous 1951 photo of a distant mushroom cloud as seen from downtown behind the "Vegas Vic" cowboy sign in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many GIs, Reporters and Spectators viewed the atomic explosions at the Nevada Test Site's observation area, a place known as News Nob, the intensity of the white flash and rapidly changing light baffled persons who viewed the blasts, they were in awe and had to look away to avoid eye damage. The explosion GIs, Reporters and Spectators witnessed was potent enough to break windows in Las Vegas, 75 miles distant.

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Image 149 The 37 KT Priscilla Test in 1957 destroyed this railroad bridge that was 1,800 feet from ground zero and received overpressures exceeding 450 psi, severely distorting the interior structural girders.

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Image 150 This Survival Town house, some 7,500 feet from a 29-kiloton nuclear detonation, remained essentially intact. Survival Town consisted of houses, office buildings, fallout shelters, power systems, communications equipment, radio broadcasting station, and trailer homes. The town was built for a Civil Defense exercise and to test not previously subjected to a nuclear blast. The test, called Apple II, was fired on May 5, 1955.

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Image 151 HARRY, part of Operation Upshot/Knothole, was a 32 kiloton weapons related device fired from a tower May 19, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 152 The Stokes Test, conducted at the Nevada Test Site on August 7, 1957 was a 19 kiloton device exploded from a balloon.

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Image 153 DOPPLER, the test was conducted on August 23, 1957 at the Nevada Test Site. It was a balloon shot at 1500 ft. with a yield of 11 kt.

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Image 154 HOOD, conducted at the Nevada Test Site on July 5, 1957 was a 74 kiloton device exploded from a balloon.

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Image 155 Operation Ranger, early 1951 (5 tests in this Series)

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Image 156 GEORGE, device was detonated on May 8, 1951, the largest shot to date with a spectacular yield of 225 kilotons. George was part of the 'GREENHOUSE' test series on Eniwetok Atoll.

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Image 157 PRISCILLA, was a 37 kiloton balloon shot fired June 24, 1957 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 158 MIKE, was fired on Eniwetok on October 31, 1952. It was an experimental thermonuclear device with a yield of 10.4 million tons of TNT. The explosion vaporized the island of Elugelab atoll and ripped out a hole big enough to fit several buildings the size of the Pentagon and deeper than the height of the Empire State Building.

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Image 159 GRABLE, was fired on May 25, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. A 280mm artillery gun fired the 15 kiloton nuclear shell. This was the only time a nuclear artillery shell was ever fired.

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Image 160 FIZEAU, was a 11 kiloton tower shot fired September 14, 1957 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 161 DIABLO, was fired on July 15, 1957 at the Nevada Test Site from a 500 foot tower. It had a yield of 17 kilotons.

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Image 162 CHARLESTON, part of Operation Plumbbob, was fired from a balloon on September 28, 1957.

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Image 163 DeBACA, was a balloon burst fired October 26, 1958. Since July 1962, all NTS weapons tests have been underground.

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Image 164 TRINITY, The First Nuclear Test ever conducted. A 19 kiloton tower shot was exploded July 16, 1945 in New Mexico.

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Image 165 CHARLIE, a 14 kiloton device was dropped from a B-50 bomber on October 30, 1951 at Yucca Flat. The test, part of the Buster-Jangle series, was the eighth detonation at the Nevada Proving Grounds.

Nevada Test Site
Camp Desert Rock Nevada, this photo is a photo from the Buster-Jangle atomic tests in September through December of 1951. American soldiers participated in these atomic tests. Notice the Camp Desert Rock Hotel (tents).

Nevada Test Site
Camp Desert Rock Nevada, on a cold, rainy day in November, 1951.

Nevada Test Site
Yucca Flat Nevada -- This photo was taken November 1, 1951 at Yucca Flat, the Nevada Test Site. Note: The soldiers were provided no protection from the harmful radiation, however, the 'Top Brass' viewed the shot from high atop Lookout Mountain in concrete reinforced bunkers.

Nevada Test Site
Yucca Flat Nevada -- This photo was taken November 1, 1951 at Yucca Flat, the Nevada Test Site. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY., are watching the atomic test.

Nevada Test Site
Soldiers Watching A-Bomb at Yucca Flat, Nevada. This photo is shot 'Dog' and was a 21.5 kiloton device dropped from a B-50 Bomber in the Buster-Jangle series of tests on November 1, 1951. Soldiers had to be seated on the desert floor or else the blast would have knocked them down. This photo was published in the November 12, 1951 Life Magazine.

Nevada Test Site
Soldiers Watching A-Bomb at Yucca Flat, Nevada. This photo is shot 'Dog' and was a 21.5 kiloton device dropped from a B-50 Bomber in the Buster-Jangle series of tests on November 1, 1951. Soldiers had to be seated on the desert floor or else the blast would have knocked them down. This photo was also published in the November 12, 1951 Life Magazine.

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Image 166 EASY, part of Operation Buster was a 31 kiloton weapons related device fired November 5, 1951 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 167 GEORGE, part of Operation Greenhouse was fired from a tower May 8, 1951 at Enewetak.

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Image 168 JOHN, an air-to-air missile shot fired on July 19, 1957 as part of the Plumbbob series.

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Image 169 ROMEO, a 11 megaton shot of part of Operation Castle. It was fired from a barge near Bikini Atoll on March 26, 1954.

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Image 170 BADGER, part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, was a 23 kiloton tower shot fired April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 171 TRINITY, first Atomic Test at Almogordo, NM July 16, 1945.

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Image 172 APACHE, shot was fired from a barge on July, 8, 1956 on Eniwetok .

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Image 173 APACHE, was fired from a barge on July 8, 1956, on Eniwetok .

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Image 174 CLIMAX, part of Operation Upshot/Knothole, was a 61 kiloton device fired June 4, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 175 THE SIMINOLE SHOT, was fired June 6, 1956 on Eniwetok Atoll. Siminole had a yield of 13.7 kilotons.

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Image 176 BOLTZMAN, was a 12 kiloton shot fired from a tower at the Nevada Test Site May 28, 1957, part of Operation Plunbbob.

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Image 177 DAKOTA, part of Operation Redwing, was fired from a barge at Eniwetok Atoll on June 25, 1956.

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Image 178 OPERATION TEAPOT, APPLE -2 was a tower shot, May 5, 1955 at The Nevada Test Site.

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Image 179 SIMINOLE, a weapons related surface shot, was part of Operation Redwing and was fired June 6, 1956 at Eniwetok Atoll.

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Image 180 IVY MIKE, was fired on Eniwetok on October 31, 1952. It was a 15 megaton thermonuclear device.

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Image 181 SIMINOLE, a weapons related surface shot, was part of Operation Redwing and was fired June 6, 1956 at Eniwetok Atoll.

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182 OPERATION IVY, KING SHOT, was fired on November 15, 1952, at Eniwetok Atoll.

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Image 183 ANNIE, OPERATION UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE, tower shot 3/17/53.

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Image 184 SMOKY-OPERATION PLUMBBOB, was a weapons related tower shot 8/31/57 at the Nevada Test Site.

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Image 185 NANCY-OPERATION UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE, was a weapons related tower shot 3/24/53 at The Nevada Test Site.

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Image 186 SMOKY, 8/31/57, part of Operation Plumbbob.

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Image 187 OPERATION BRAVO-CASTLE, was an experimental thermonuclear device, 15 megaton weapons related surface shot. Detonated 2/28/54 on Bikini Atoll.

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