Nuclear Weapons Test Film Description
|0800031 - SADM Delivery by Parachutist/Swimmer
(Special Atomic Demolition Munition) - No Date Given - 9:45 - Black&White (No
explosions) - The Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM) was a Navy and Marines
project that was demonstrated as feasible in the mid-to-late 1960s, but was never used.
The project, which involved a small nuclear weapon, was designed to allow one individual
to parachute from any type of aircraft carrying the weapon package that would be placed in
a harbor or other strategic location that could be accessed from the sea. Another
parachutist without a weapon package would follow the first parachutist to provide support
as needed. |
The two-man team would place the weapon package in an acceptable location, set the timer, and swim out into the ocean where they would be retrieved by a submarine or other high-speed water craft. The parachute jumps and the retrieval procedures were practiced extensively.
The video shows a man in a wet suit donning his parachute, the weapon package, and a reserve parachute. After he jumps from the aircraft and is nearing the water, he drops the weapon package down on a 17-foot line to lessen the impact of his landing. He then floats the weapon package to the desired location.
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