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Archived Post 06-03-2010 09:09 PM

Hey Captain of the Ironclad
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Series: Upshot-Knothole
Test: Badger
Time: 12:35 18 April 1953 (GMT)
04:35 18 April 1953 (local)
Location: Nevada Test Site (NTS), Area 2
Test Height and Type: 300 Foot Tower
Yield: 23 kt

This was a test of the TX-16 thermonuclear weapon design, the reduced size cryogenic weapon descended from the Sausage device tested in Ivy Mike. The test device was named Buzzard and used a deuterium gas boosted RACER primary. The expected yield was 35-40 kt. The device had a diameter of 56 inches, and weighed 7400 lb. The full scale thermonuclear version of this design was actually deployed on a limited scale for a short time as an "Emergency Capability" weapon in late 1953 and early 1954. The full scale version was never tested though due to the success of solid fueled weapon designs 3 JUN 2010

Archived Post 06-06-2010 03:39 AM

holy crap, man. How did you find out and why were you bothered?

Archived Post 06-10-2010 07:02 PM

I am a nuclear geek...

I have read more about nuclear weapons than I can remember. Plus that bang looked familiar...:D

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