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A collection of vintage slide rules for calculating the effects of nuclear weapons.
Also, assorted film posters.
Film of the atomic cannon test, May 25, 1953. A single 280mm shell was fired seven miles, yielding a 15 kiloton explosion.
And a gallery of toys with an atomic theme.
Posted at 10:49 in Ephemera, Film, History, Toys | Permalink
"Dig That Uranium" could be a contender for best film title ever.
"And boy how their Geiger counters click when they meet those babes from the Badlands!"
alan b |
December 17, 2008 at 11:30
These are fun, but serious hobbyists want the real thing:
Kellie Strøm |
December 17, 2008 at 11:57
I suppose I should update the post to include the rather implausible atomic cannon:
“The first atomic cannon went into service in 1952, and was deactivated in 1963. A single 280mm shell was fired seven miles at the Nevada Test site on May 25, 1953 as part of the Grable Shot series. The shell detonated 500 feet in the air and yielded a 15 kiloton explosion.”
Film of the test firing can be viewed here:
December 17, 2008 at 12:04
The atomic cannon footage is insane. Did they expect to have two armies 7 miles apart shooting these things?
James S |
December 17, 2008 at 13:02
Yes, the cannon has somewhat disturbing implications. Twenty were manufactured but the tactical limitations made the device redundant fairly quickly. I’m guessing the original idea was that the target wouldn’t have a cannon of its own.
December 17, 2008 at 13:09
Next time the left scoff at the idea of terrorists exploding a nuclear bomb on our soil, point out that we were firing these f*cking things from cannons over fifty years ago. I remember one socialist who was absolutely convinced that a nuclear bomb couldn't be exloded until it was travelling at a certain speed. I tried to point out that this was a safety feature added to missiles so that they wouldn't detonate in normal transit, and that safety features can be removed, but he just wouldn't have it.
December 17, 2008 at 14:39
Holy shit. That's one scary cannon.
carbon based lifeform |
December 17, 2008 at 15:25
i just love the old atom bomb footage.
think that excerpt was taken from the Trinity and Beyond DVD, which every nuclear weapon junkie should own.
December 17, 2008 at 15:31
If you like that kind of thing, these may be of interest.
Soviet weapons tests: http://sonicbomb.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=110
Filmed effects of detonations: http://sonicbomb.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=171
December 17, 2008 at 15:43
"A single 280mm shell was fired seven miles, yielding a 15 kiloton explosion."
How does that compare with Hiroshima?
James S |
December 17, 2008 at 16:51
“How does that compare with Hiroshima?”
“Little Boy,” which fell on Hiroshima, was similar in yield – between 13 and 18 kilotons, as opposed to more modern devices which reach 20 or so megatons. The Soviet “Tsar Bomba,” tested in 1961, had a yield of around 50 megatons, a fireball 8km across, a mushroom cloud 64km high and was felt 1000km away. Though its size made the device impractical for warfare purposes.
December 17, 2008 at 17:03
James S |
December 17, 2008 at 17:30
cool bomb footage.
December 17, 2008 at 22:46
A miniature version: the M65 nuclear rifle.
Range: 3 miles. Yield: 0.01 kiloton. Utility: None.
Steve in San Diego |
December 18, 2008 at 04:43
Uh... two of your "nuclear weapons slide rules" are actually used for dose calculations for medical purposes. But the rest are quite fascinating. And the posters provide a good insight into the level of public understanding of nuclear energy.
December 18, 2008 at 16:06
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