Age of Innocence, 1954 – Nuclear Testing and the Bikini

Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test

With a yield of fifteen Megatons Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the USA. The scientists were completely surprised by this because it far exceeded the calculated yield of four to six megatons,  which by any standards is a fairly serious miscalculation.

As Charlie Croker famously said in the film ‘The Italian Job’ – “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” or as Sundance Kid similarly remarked – “Do you think we used enough dynamite there Butch?”

Read the full story…

Enough Dynamite

2 responses to “Age of Innocence, 1954 – Nuclear Testing and the Bikini

  1. Great post!

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