Home Front / Bomb Testing / conclusion (with links to Parts 1 and 2) — Pacific Paratrooper

Later improvements consisted of a 5,000-foot airstrip, an upgraded sewer system, dozens of semi-permanent buildings, including Quonset-and Butler-type steel buildings, over 500 concrete tent pads, and trailers for housing, administration, storage, and other uses. There were chapels, an open-air-theater with wooden bleachers and an elevated stage, a barber shop, and a beer tent. The open-air […]

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Links to Parts 1 and 2:

Part 1: https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/home-front-bomb-testing-part-one/

Part 2: https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/home-front-bomb-testing-part-two/

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14 Responses to Home Front / Bomb Testing / conclusion (with links to Parts 1 and 2) — Pacific Paratrooper

  1. GP Cox says:

    Thank you very much.

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    • You are welcome. I included links to the first two parts. I recall a couple underground tests done in south Mississippi that were used to see if those tests were detectable. See Salmon/Sterling Test Marker, part of Operation Dribble. You need permission to see the marker as it’s on state property now.

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      • GP Cox says:

        Very interesting. Amazing that the ground was safe enough to give back to MS, but Bikini Island is still contaminated.

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      • It was a deep underground blast around 2,700 feet, and the bombs were a fraction of the size of the Hiroshima bomb – around 5.3 kt and 0.38 kt.

        From Atlas Obscura – https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/salmon-sterling-nuclear-tests-marker

        Here’s my home county newspaper article (2015) – https://www.sunherald.com/news/article49448010.html

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      • GP Cox says:

        Thank you for the added data. It makes a great contribution to this post.

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      • I plan on making it my Mississippi Mondays post next week. Not sure how much I will find, but it’s something I wasn’t aware of until I saw an article about it. I knew Keesler AFB in Biloxi was rumored to house two nukes for a while although they never announced when the nukes were or weren’t there. At a minimum, there were space for two nukes to be stored at Keesler even if the storage was never used.

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      • GP Cox says:

        Yeah – I don’t think it would have been wise for them to advertise when or if the nukes were there.

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      • Agreed. When McConnell was a SAC base, they always had a loaded B-1 bomber on the runway that could take off in a matter of minutes. During a tornado that hit the base in the early 1990s, it came within a few hundred feet of the bomber. It wouldn’t have caused the nukes to go off, but they showed the potential radiation issue, depending on how badly the nukes were damaged. It was minimal to serious in terms of exposure based on what direction and speed the wind was blowing at the time. I lived far enough away, it would have taken major damage to them to affect me and I think the wind was blowing the opposite direction. The base is now a refueling tanker base so not likely to have nukes. I am sure they left the storage facilities in place.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Still find it crazy that our own government would do these tests

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