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# 1 Hey Captain of the Ironclad
06-03-2010, 10:09 PM
Here is the particulars on your Avatar

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

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Upshotk.html 3 JUN 2010
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# 2
06-06-2010, 04:39 AM
holy crap, man. How did you find out and why were you bothered?
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# 3
06-10-2010, 08:02 PM
I am a nuclear geek...

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