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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 sound you hear on this clip is from the original reel to reel tape which is not available anywhere else. 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."
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James Bomar (2 days ago)
You idiots.
yeah ask there atomic soldiers if they are also willing to have everyone there wow that didn't age well lol. But seriously this is messed up weapon no nation needs
Buz Aldrin (4 days ago)
@Kronickillness Nikolaos Sidewinder.
@Buz Aldrin exactly what I just said. Lol
Buz Aldrin (5 days ago)
Maybe why we don't have them today?
Elitemation (6 days ago)
Where are the helmets
Buz Aldrin (5 days ago)
Air Force officers don't wear helmets unless they are flying planes. A better question is why are they not wearing hats or sunglasses.
GADCL4 (11 days ago)
5 white duds. If they were black, there'd be soooo much outrage, claims of racism, and demands for billions of dollars in compensation. Which is kind of ironic because it implies that blacks are too stupid to know what they're doing when they volunteer for things, making those who scream "RACISM!!!" the real racist cunts.
Buz Aldrin (11 days ago)
No. 6 was the cameraman. Not a volunteer, and a civilian. Ironically he was Japanese-American.
Zachary C (13 days ago)
I wonder how many died of cancer
Buz Aldrin (11 days ago)
They all had cancer at some point, but not all died from it. The youngest to die was 63, two were in their 90's.
Eugene Buckley (17 days ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y93g7QYRvog
crystalawen (23 days ago)
‘Wasn’t that a perfect, perfect shot‘... Fckn crazy bastards...
AdrianJayeOnline (1 month ago)
and then that's how they became the Avengers
PirithiumX (1 month ago)
So I wonder where the fallout went to?
Buz Aldrin (30 days ago)
Prevailing winds at the test site are to the east and north. There was a sampling plane that flew through the cloud.
NUKE-STUPIDS
andrew key (1 month ago)
WTF ?
Buz Aldrin (1 month ago)
Military selfie.
A Goodman (1 month ago)
fucking idiots
Stephen Ritger (1 month ago)
Now try that with 2 MEGATONS...LOL...
Artur R (1 month ago)
Everything was alright untill everyone of them (including the camera man) got cancer :)
Metal Mania (2 months ago)
These guys must have the biggest balls ever......or at least they would have after these test. But man...the braveness to stand right below a nuclear detonation...
Buz Aldrin (1 month ago)
About 3 miles, give or take. Lethal radius of the blast was estimated to be about 300 metres (980 ft).
Pemon (2 months ago)
fucking crazy that guys
Are we not entertained? (2 months ago)
Every politician should stand beneath a nominal airburst in their shirt sleeves.
Pemon (2 months ago)
hehe there we oversend the nazis here from germany
Yvan Pajevic (2 months ago)
Insane...if that bomb were to malfunction and drop another 5000 ft before detonating, I doubt they would be shaking hands. Besides they just took a fukin' DOSE of xrays AND gamma rays. Even though the fallout is negligible with an airburst, these guys are STILL standing at ground zero...bananas.
Yvan Pajevic (2 months ago)
@Buz Aldrin Missed the forest for the trees. LET ME SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU: NUCLEAR TESTING IN THE 50's WAS FUKIN' DANGEROUS! Despite all the great minds, all the money/resources involved, there was a severe lack of understanding concerning the inherent dangers. If you want to stand underneath a nuke when it goes off or pilot a plane through the mushroom cloud then be my guest...just don't expect me to join you.
Buz Aldrin (2 months ago)
Ever heard of the inverse square law? Besides that, the radiation emitted from the blast itself is attenuated at least by half for every 600 ft of air it has to travel through to get to you. In a mile the attenuation is 1/256; that is, only one five hundredth of the radiation is still there. 2 miles, about 1/65,000. BTW, the 10,000 foot reference is incorrect. In fact the missile detonated at between 18,500 and 20,000 feet. The guys who flew the cloud sampling plane through the mushroom cloud received more radiation than the six guys at ground zero.
The Ancients Way (2 months ago)
This is merica in one video. We love war
LincolnTek (2 months ago)
Talk about trusting Uncle Sam to get the bombs altimeter setting correct. The only difference between 1000 feet and 10000 feet is one equal digit and if that bomb went off at 1000 feet they would have been vaporized.
Buz Aldrin (2 months ago)
Fun fact: the video description is incorrect. The MB-1 had a range of slightly under 10 km (6.2 mi). Targeting, arming, and firing of the weapon were coordinated by the launch aircraft's fire-control system.The explosion occurred at 18,500 feet above sea level, or about 15,500 feet above the ground. Lethal radius of the blast was estimated to be about 300 meters (980 ft). Detonation was by time-delay fuze, although the fuzing mechanism would not arm the warhead until engine burn-out, to give the launch aircraft sufficient time to turn and escape. Gamma and neutron doses received by observers on the ground were negligible. Doses received by aircrew were highest for the fliers assigned to penetrate the airburst cloud ten minutes after explosion. (Wikipedia)
GotDramaAllergy (3 months ago)
Think of John Wayne,Susan Hayward and rest of the Film makers wiped out from filming at one of our "Ground Zeros"..
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
@GotDramaAllergy My YouTube name is a pseudonym. As for Powell. "In a 2001 interview with Larry King, Powell's widow June Allyson stated that the cause of death was lung cancer due to his chain smoking." Many of the cast were heavy smokers. On a side note about the movie, "60 tons of dirt (was shipped) back to Hollywood in order to match the Utah terrain and lend realism to studio re-shoots." That dirt could have contained fallout from the nuclear tests. And to think, I came of age during this period, living on military bases in the southwest.
GotDramaAllergy (3 months ago)
@Buz Aldrin Hello,Sir,are you really Mr Aldrin,or one honoring him by using his name as a handle.lol.(never know on here anymore,lol..I have read a few times about Dick Powell,didnt he die of cancer to?If you didnt think the radio-dust would be enough to heighten risk factor,I would sure take your word for it.I was born in 1971,and really loved John Wayne,Susan Hayward and the film genre from that era and prior.I by no means meant any disrespect to our nation but I dislike Nuclear risk in any fashion.Just so you know,I cry during our anthem,NEVER would kneel.Respect to you sir.
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
The film site was about 200 miles east of the nuclear test site. In that area, the prevailing winds are west to east. BTW, Wayne believed his lung cancer to have been a result of his six-pack-a-day cigarette habit. He died from stomach cancer 23 years after the film was released. Still, 41% of the cast and crew had cancer in some form, with 46 (or about 20 %) dying from it. Statistically, the odds of developing cancer for men in the U.S. population are 43% and the odds of dying of cancer are 23% (slightly lower in women at 38% and 19%, respectively).
greenspiraldragon (3 months ago)
All 5 of them, 6 of them including the camera man got cancer. 4 of them died of cancer.
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
And they all lived relatively long lives, two into their 90's. Just sayin'.
tdunlopmusic (3 months ago)
kinda fun blowing up the fucking WORLD
Shane Bickmore (3 months ago)
And a few years later, they all died from complications from cancer brought on by extreme radiation poisoning....
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
@Shane Bickmore A line from a Doors song, and the title of the later biography of Jim Morrison. I actually knew Jim slightly, but it's irrelevant here....
Shane Bickmore (3 months ago)
@Buz Aldrin I did, just can't remember what it's from....
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
@Shane Bickmore OK, dude. Did you get the reference for the line I quoted?
Shane Bickmore (3 months ago)
@Buz Aldrin right on! You are absolutely correct on that! I just wanted to cover my ass. There's always a few that feel the need to Attack people who make comments like my original comment... I am really battling cancer... But I'm glad to see that you have a good sense of humor.
Buz Aldrin (3 months ago)
@Shane Bickmore "No one here gets out alive." My little joke....
Klaus Vello (3 months ago)
And that's why men live less than women
MJW (4 months ago)
Dude hold my beer.
Eugene Buckley (4 months ago)
Et Tu brutae your the smartest
Eugene Buckley (4 months ago)
That's entertainment and Military Inteligence for the price of one those rascals
Eugene Buckley (4 months ago)
Now look up at the fallout who ONLY regrets everyone couldn't be there with them.
Eugene Buckley (4 months ago)
Classics from the cold war, there still using DUMMIES today. It's a tradition.
USSR
Buz Aldrin (4 months ago)
Huh?
Captain America (5 months ago)
“It was just beautiful” Famous last words.
SDsc0rch (5 months ago)
b-b-b-but..... "MUH RADIATION!"
manni17b (5 months ago)
Science used to be cool before it was just a bunch of click bait
Андрей Димин (5 months ago)
Русские этак и не пришли. Зато, остался Елоустоун! )))
hahahaa..............bullshit!
l8tbraker (5 months ago)
Fun fact: the unofficial name of the missile used in this test was "Ding Dong". As in "will the Ding Dong ring the bell?"
Carter Schartz (6 months ago)
Then they all got cancer!
Buz Aldrin (6 months ago)
And all lived long lives.
graylobo133 (6 months ago)
Talk about the creation of destruction of the human race.
Ohshitjpg (7 months ago)
They all died of cancer unfortunately
Buz Aldrin (6 months ago)
Nope. While they all had cancer at some point, not all of them died from it.
LiesAreEverywhere (8 months ago)
LOL. This is so fake.
Yellow Centipede (8 months ago)
RIP eardrums
A Fellow Minecrafter (8 months ago)
They have balls of uranium
cutthecord (8 months ago)
Poor brave guys, went home and died of cancer in couple of years.
Buz Aldrin (8 months ago)
Wrong. The youngest to die was 63, two lived into their 90's.
torqtorqtorq (8 months ago)
Tall guy is a real badass
Byron Thomas (9 months ago)
These are Real Men!!
Adam Fears (9 months ago)
They all got radiation cancer , yay!
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
I would like you to tell me how you determine that whatever cancer they may have had was radiation-caused.
Buz Aldrin (9 months ago)
And yet they all lived long lives.
Plenus (10 months ago)
The craziest Jackass even before Jackass.
SuperAgentman007 (10 months ago)
5 Dead man walking!
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
Aren't we all?
Buz Aldrin (10 months ago)
For "dead men" they all lived remarkably long lives.
Tom Sobs (10 months ago)
Those lucky twats why can't I catch a break like them
Niloy Talukder (10 months ago)
Five stupids .... All of them got cancer for sure
Erik Quiroga (10 months ago)
As per a Popular Mechanics article, "One man who didn't volunteer to be at ground zero: the man operating the camera, George Yoshitake. According to Yoshitake all six men present, including him, would develop cancer while in their 40s and 50s. Bruce, Ball, Bodinger, and Hughes all died of cancer, while Yoshitake developed stomach cancer and Luttrell developed colon cancer." https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21937/men-stood-under-nuclear-test-1957/
Buz Aldrin (10 months ago)
What the article doesn't say is how long they lived. The youngest to die was 63. The rest into their 70's, 80's, and 90's.
Robert Gift (11 months ago)
Were any instruments to measure and record radiation, present? Dosimeters on the men?
Buz Aldrin (11 months ago)
As you can see thee men aren't even wearing hats, only one has sunglasses. "They (the volunteers on the ground) were confident that the rocket would perform as designed, knew that a 1955 aerial detonation of an earlier device had resulted in little radiation on the ground below, and were eager to support the public relations effort...The volunteers “remained on the spot an hour after the detonation, with Geiger counters, and said radioactive fallout was almost undetectable." A couple of points: the detonation was at 15,500 feet above the ground, not 10,000 feet. Sampling planes did fly through the cloud to measure blast and radiation. (Source article: When Ding Dong Rang the Bell: The U.S. Air Force and the Genie Nuclear Air-to-Air Rocket by Christopher John Bright)
Weedus (11 months ago)
Man this Guys are really happy about getting cancer soon
Buz Aldrin (11 months ago)
Yeah, cigars all around.
Jay Home (11 months ago)
Safe to assume they all died of Aggressive Cancer 5 years later
Buz Aldrin (11 months ago)
Sorry to disappoint you, but the youngest to die was 63. The rest from their 70's, 80's, two into the 90's. That said, they all had some form of cancer during their life.
Coiled Steel (1 year ago)
W.T.F? Yeah it's all "Fun" until they got cancers, suffered and died! Yippie!🤔😣
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
They all had cancer at some point in their lives. But consider that the youngest to die lived 33 years after this event. Two of them lived to be in their early 90's.
Howard Glen (1 year ago)
This was the John shot of Operation Plumbbob. The six men present died between 1990 and 2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plumbbob
1staidgirl (1 year ago)
"One man who didn't volunteer to be at ground zero: the man operating the camera, George Yoshitake. According to Yoshitake all six men present, including him, would develop cancer while in their 40s and 50s. Bruce, Ball, Bodinger, and Hughes all died of cancer, while Yoshitake developed stomach cancer and Luttrell developed colon cancer." (From Popularmechanics.com)
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Vegas was usually not in the heavy fallout path. Utah was, they called St. George "Fallout City". Google "nuclear test fallout map" to see the fallout patterns all across the US.
1staidgirl (1 year ago)
Buz Aldrin Crazy, looking back. Las Vegas would have "atomic bomb parties". The rates of cancer skyrocketed, and all the time, the government was saying it was safe. Just goes to show how much one can trust governments. 😒
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
And yet the youngest to die was in his 60's. Two were over 90. Tough old bastards.
ðêìýv Ξ シ (1 year ago)
this is some nice old propaganda us fake vid
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
> Nothing at all moves. The weapon explodes at 15,500 feet above them. (The uploader's text is incorrect). What was its yield? You can plainly see their reaction. Not good enough? Too bad.
ðêìýv Ξ シ (1 year ago)
Buz Aldrin the scene where they act like they stand below the explosion is faked. nothing at all moves, no dust or anything. but cool that you answer questions noone ever asked
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Was it a PR stunt? Absolutely. The people on the ground were volunteers. Did they test a missile? Yes. And it was successful. Was anyone on the ground harmed? No. Did pilots fly through the point of the explosion to gather radiation readings? Yes. Any more questions?
Mehmet Kendirci (1 year ago)
En çok Bu denemeler yüzünden küresel ısınma oluyor
DJ Kinney (1 year ago)
Six men, Peter. Six men. You more than anyone should know that.
86daily (1 year ago)
May I add that the camera was not affected by EMP. This confirms my belief that EMP caused from a nuclear air burst is just a hoax played on the people to instill fear with the aid of the CIA in North Korea. Lots of love
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
Sorry about your beliefs, but best you inform them before splashing them all over a public place. EMP is caused when a bomb is exploded in an area of high electrical conduction, as in the ionosphere, to act as an antenna. Down here on the surface electron crash into other things and are instantly absorbed.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Confirmation bias.
chrisstevens2 (1 year ago)
Does that guy realize that cigar may be dangerous to his health? ;)
peter littlehorse (1 year ago)
None of the people had any ill effects that are known of, they all died old. Their voice recording survived, what about the much feared EMP we're always told to be so afraid of? You can hear the microphone picked it up, but was not destroyed. What coil system is more sensitive to damage than a microphone? What about the audio heads in the tape recorder? Those are sensitive too, and kept working fine. AT "GROUND ZERO".
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
Why is it that people think they can reason about electronics and EMP with no science background? Microphone coils and tape heads may seem delicate to you but you know nothing about transistors and diodes. Besides, EMP requires an antenna in order to convert the movement of electrons into energy in a wire. In the ionosphere, it has that but down here on the ground, they are absorbed and dissipated in the air. The missile bomb exploded at about 3 miles up from where they were.
IntoTheVortex (1 year ago)
and they met God 1 year later...
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
IntoTheVortex: Sorry to pop your bubble, as was Buzz, but what is to be feared from an atomic blast are the prompt gamma and neutrons. Alphas can run about a centimeter through the air before being absorbed, beta about a meter; neither can do much unless they are generated right on or inside your body. Neutrons and gamma rays do much better, being halved through about 200 meters (600 feet) of air, so they are reduced by a factor of about 256 per mile. Through three miles (which is how high the explosion was above the ground) that's a factor of 3.7 million, and that's not even counting the effects of the inverse square law. Their speeds have nothing to do with their lethality.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
While you are in the neighborhood, try to visit Trinity Site in New Mexico. It's open to the public twice a year.
IntoTheVortex (1 year ago)
Buz Aldrin 😎 ill have to make that my first destination next time i visit the USA
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Nevada Nuclear Test Site. They have public tours.
IntoTheVortex (1 year ago)
Buz Aldrin well thats impressive. Where can i go for such treatment. 😋
zaggy3110 (1 year ago)
See? Atomic wars are harmless, you pussies.
BrianBlaze420 (1 year ago)
damn that's messed up lol
Sheel G (1 year ago)
There is no limitation to ignorance. They could have been on the beach that day enjoying life with their families, instead of being exposed to dangerous radiation resulting in cancers that will kill them just a few short years later, freaking sad.
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
The whole point in the demonstration was to show that bombs bursting in air high above you are not a radiation hazard (at least, not immediately; fallout comes later). Nothing killed any of them in "a few short years", the first of them to die was 63 when he passed. Two of them lived into their nineties.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
And yet they all lived long lives, a couple of them into their 90's.
James Bomar (1 year ago)
A perfect, perfect idiot,......
RogueJyn (1 year ago)
They all got cancer too.... soo. Not as safe as they are tryimg to portray
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
Oh, perhaps, or perhaps not. You have a 43% chance of noticing cancer in your body in your lifetime, and 22% chance of dying of it. These people ran somewhat above the expected rates, but not alarmingly so, and they were all working with atomic weapons in their capacities with the armed forces.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Correlation does not imply causation.
Mohd iqbal (1 year ago)
Holy moly this will turn them into mutant quick call professor x
gjl (1 year ago)
did they die
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
The youngest to die was in his 60's. Two lived into their 90's.
siypic (1 year ago)
you to me what Sir ???????
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Coments seem to indicate that there is a need to post this for perhaps the fourth time: The men involved in this incident were: -Col. Sidney C. Bruce - later prof of Electrical Engineering, Colorado U, http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/deaa2/cgi-bin/display.pl?id=77; died in 2005 (age 86) -Lt. Col. Frank P. Ball - died in 2003 (age 83) -Maj. John Hughes - very common name, but at a guess he is Maj. John W. Hughes II (born 1919, same as the above) — died in 1990 (age 71) -Maj. Norman Bodinger - unclear, though Yoshitake states he's dead. There is a Norman B. Bodinger gravestone with wife "Cleo" listing dates of 5/29/1921-2/2/1997, a match to a marriage cert to Cleo Pauline Draeger in Garland, AR, as well as a picture circa 1945 of an Army Air Force officer by that name with same years of birth/death. If that's him, he lived to almost 76 years. -Col (then Maj) Donald A. Luttrell - on the Air Force Memorial Foundation site. Also listed as Lt Col Donald A. Luttrell, Aug 1963 on the USAF Historical Research Agency site page for 13 BOMB SQUADRON (AFGSC), and the Veterans History Project (Library of Congress). He overcame colon cancer and was still alive in 2012; includes pic of Luttrell and Yoshitake at a restaurant, July 2012, when Luttrell was 88. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/george-yoshitake-nuclear-test-five-5-men-nevada_n_1687233.html) Later note: Luttrell died on 12/27/2014 in Dallas (see http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=173687969). -Akira "George" Yoshitake, civilian Nuclear Test Photographer for Lookout Mountain AF studio, overcame stomach cancer; died Oct 17, 2013 of a stroke. http://www.rafu.com/2013/12/the-atomic-filmmaker/ As it happens, some did die cancers (as do about 22% of all people) and two overcame cancer to eventually die of strokes and such. All lived a minimum of 40 years past the incident.
Tiisiphone (1 year ago)
Five villages are missing their idiot.
What-is-Earth-shape? (1 year ago)
Bullshit - it is obviously ground explosion, because we see mushroom with ground debris.
Simboiss (1 year ago)
Did someone really ask for a time stamp in a heavily edited war propaganda video? Jesus Christ. Nothing in the video shows it's a nuclear bomb. There is absolutely no continuity in the film. Lots of cuts. Also, there is no video or photograph of the Hiroshima explosion. Nothing of Tasr Bomba either, they were just still photographs filmed with a bit of shake.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Depends what you mean by ground bursts. Air bursts at 1000 - 2000 feet (or more depending on the yield) will create mushroom clouds. Both the bombs dropped on Japan were air bursts. Tsar Bomba was detonated at 13,000 feet altitude.
What-is-Earth-shape? (1 year ago)
You can check yourself, only ground explosions create mushroom. Air explosions are always spherical.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Indeed. Without gravity, the explosive's by-product gases would remain spherical. Immediately after the detonation, the fireball begins to rise, acting on the same principle as a hot-air balloon.
starburst (1 year ago)
What-is-Earth-shape? It creates the mushroom bc of gravity
Den M (1 year ago)
They probably all died like 6 months later from cancer
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Search down. You'll find comment with their respective deaths.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
The youngest to die was in his 60's. The oldest (two of them) in their 90's.
Anonymous User 14 (1 year ago)
Did you know they all died from cancer? And it's not dangerous?
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
No. We have the testimony of the photographer that four of them dies of cancer; two were known to have died of strokes. The photographer did the same. What they did was somewhat foolish, but by no means foolhardy.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
They all HAD cancer at some point in their lives. Not all of them DIED from it.
VALHALLAXE (1 year ago)
This was a missed Wyle E. Coyote moment. Sadly the missile was not manufactured by ACME.
SuperBoomshack (1 year ago)
Radiation poisoning...yay!!
SomeYoungGuy Johnson (1 year ago)
"....When the US entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly....Weapons researchers, not understanding the risks—or simply ignoring them—exposed thousands of workers to radioactive fallout....Even those horrified by the bombing didn’t realize that the US would deploy similar weapons against its own people, accidentally, and on a comparable scale..." (these are quotes from a recent Quartz article in regards to these tests. The article seems to suggest that the Government actually did this on purpose!) How about that for liberal "journalism", eh?. Online media provocateur Quartz, owned by Atlantic Media, likes to stir up ant i Western sentiments in Africa and India, where their special brand of self loathing is, indeed, quite popular with the roiling masses, who many times prefer to cover up their own many failings by pointing a finger at Big Bad America. https://qz.com/1163140/us-nuclear-tests-killed-american-civilians-on-a-scale-comparable-to-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
Well, I guess that quantifies Quartz as prime news material.
Red Burtley (1 year ago)
Didn't these idiots know what the atomic bombs did to those people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Yeah, they know. They knew, for instance, that: 1) The size of the weapon was ten time smaller than the Nagasaki bomb, and 2) They were 2+ miles from the explosion. At two+ miles in Nagasaki, most buildings were standing.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
As Air Force officers, pretty sure they knew.
Alex Collins (1 year ago)
Americans are mostly totally brainwashed idiots. Even on Long Island as a kid, there were days, we were told it would be best if we stayed indoors because of nuclear tests in the West...WTF??? They knew more than they tell you. "Military men are "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy." Henry Kissinger. Kissinger has denied saying it. Are you dumb enough to believe that this is not in his heart?
Alex Collins (1 year ago)
How can I verify this? BTW, Thank you! I have questions about the death of my parents who were in Reno, Nevada in the summer of 1944. I also wonder where I can find the warnings that I remember as a little boy on Long Island about the fallout from nuclear tests in the West.
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Beside Utah and a couple of other western states, New York recieved the most fallout from testing. This was mainly due to prevailing winds and rain patterns.
trillrif axegrindor (1 year ago)
isn't it great when they are shaking hands " welcome to cancerville ,isn't it beautiful " my father and his identical twin brother both succumbed to cancer,there's nothing beautiful about it. cancer isn't,wasn't and never was a naturally occurring phenomenon,its entirely "man made"
puncheex2 (8 months ago)
With all due regard and respect for your elders, that is unmitigated bullshit and easily proven. Egyptian mummies have been examined who had cancer tumors, even dinosaurs apparently had it.
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Tell that to the dinosaurs whose fossils carry telltale marks from cancer.
mash2vhK (1 year ago)
I like to bomb people and watch them die.
smugsjw23 (1 year ago)
good lord
Nancy Desch (1 year ago)
Can you imagine being this trusting?  They were just test subjects back then.  How many of these men are still alive?
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
None are still alive. The youngest to die was in his early 60's, the last two were over 90. All of them had cancer in some form.
NO Name (1 year ago)
The fallout is good for hair growth.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Hasn't worked for me.
J Peg (1 year ago)
Extra week of vacation? Sure! Sign me up!
Jamie White (1 year ago)
Idiots.
SavageBoy69Alt (1 year ago)
All of them got cancer from this, but they all didn't die from it, they actually lived into their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
And two into their 90's.
journeystarr (1 year ago)
looks like fun
Jen Davis (1 year ago)
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Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
In case you don't know. Atom Central is the brainchild of Peter Kuran, who created the "Trinity and Beyond" (and several other) documentaries.
regulardude 69 (1 year ago)
They all got radiation cancer
puncheex2 (1 year ago)
Correction: they all got cancer, as 43% of people do on the average. There is no such thing as "radiation cancer" except for perhaps thyroid cancer. It is utterly impossible to tell whether a cancer in an individual was triggered by radiation, carcinogens in the environment (like smoking or charred bar-b-q), genetics or any other known cause. Causes don't leave fingerprints.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
Yet they all lived long lives, two into their 90s. So maybe a little radiation is good for you?
Wave Rider (1 year ago)
were they under the influence of roofies not knowing where they are. any how brave men
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
In 1957, the drug of choice was alcohol.
wheelmanstan (1 year ago)
18,500ft up, so that's like being at Denali's base camp and a bomb on the summit going off, it's pretty high up but not that high up haha crazy, but there's a science behind it, the atmosphere, the fallout, the wind, the blast radius and all kinds of factors, unfortunately though it takes tests to gain an understanding, what we know now about nukes is they can save our planet or they can massacre millions, it's a beautiful yet disgusting creation, maybe one day though we can make up for ever inventing it when an asteroid needs to be destroyed or mars needs to be terraformed or the pole needs to be shifted or the sun needs to be relit, hey I'm spitballing here haha
wheelmanstan (1 year ago)
Interesting, thank you.
Buz Aldrin (1 year ago)
> 18,500ft up To put a fine point on it, the test site is about 3,000 feet above sea level, meaning that the missile was launched about 15,500 feet above the ground. The lethal blast radius of the warhead was about 1000 feet. Gamma and neutron doses received by observers on the ground were negligible. Doses received by aircrew were highest for the fliers assigned to penetrate the airburst cloud ten minutes after explosion.
K Z (1 year ago)
Them guys have big balls... You would get my ass standing under a nuclear bomb going off....
Aek Aek (1 year ago)
Hhhhhhh idiots,what a group of idiots
Christiaan stephanus (1 year ago)
There all die someday peacefull RIGHT!!! CANCER...
Mini DK#9 (1 year ago)
They lived long normal lives. Any cancer they developed later in life is likely due to a lifetime of smoking and exposure to other cancer causing chemicals that where common during this time.
Raymond J (1 year ago)
You've got be an absolutely idiot to do something like this.

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