Document Details


Title:
OPERATION BUSTER, NEVADA PROVING GROUNDS, OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 1951, PROJECT 3.8, EFFECTS OF AN ATOMIC DETONATION ON AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES ON THE GROUND
Subject Terms:
BUSTER OPERATION; DOG-1151 EVENT; BLAST EFFECTS; AIRCRAFT; EASY-1151 EVENT; PHOTOGRAPHS; DAMAGE; DATA; GRAPHS; BUSTER-JANGLE OPERATION
Addressee:
MEHAS T C
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1952 Jan 31
Declassification Status:
Declassified
Document Pages:
0101
Accession Number:
NV0051234
Document Number(s):
WT384
Originating Research Org.:
ARMED FORCES SPECIAL WEAPONS PROJECT
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
THE OBJECTIVE OF PROJECT 3.8 IS TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF AN ATOMIC DETONATION ON PARKED AIRCRAFT WITH RESPECT TO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE T WO AIRCRAFT ALLOTTED TO THIS PROJECT WERE FLOWN TO YUCCA LAKE LANDING STRIP AND THEN MOVED TO OVERLAND TO THE TEST LOCATION. FOR DOG SHOT, T HE FIGHTER (F-47) WAS POSITIONED WITH TAIL TOWARD THE BLAST AT A GROUN D RANGE OF 4,250 FEET FROM THE TARGET GROUND ZERO. THE BOMBER (B-17) W AS LOCATED WITH THE LEFT SIDE TOWARD THE BLAST AT A GROUND RANGE OF 6, 310 FEET FROM THE TARGET GROUND ZERO. DAMAGE TO THE FIGHTER FROM DOG S HOT WAS CONFINED PRIMARLIY TO THE CONTROL SURFACES, WHEREAS DAMAGE TO THE BOMBER INCLUDED A SEVERE FUSELAGE BUCKLE AFT OF THE WING, BURNING OF THE RUDDER FABRIC, AND EXTENSIVE LOCAL SKIN DAMAGE. THE AIRCRAFT WE RE RELOCATED FOR EASY SHOT. THE FIGHTER WAS POSITIONED WITH THE TAIL T OWARD THE BLAST AT A GROUND RANGE OF 2,675 FEET. THE BOMBER WAS PLACED WITH THE NOSE TOWARD GROUND ZERO AT A RANGE OF 5,847 FEET. THE FIGHTE R WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED, ONE WING FAILING COMPLETELY. THE BOMBER SUSTAI NED ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO SKIN PANELS, AND THE BOMB-BAY DOORS WERE BUCK LED INWARD.


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