The B-29 "Dave's Dream" returns to airfield in Marshall Islands, after dropping atomic bomb on Bikini Atoll, in Test Able of Operation Crossroads, on July 1st, 1946, during U.S. nuclear testing. The B-29 lands and taxis to a parking place on the ramp. The area around the aircraft is cordoned off and the crew is confined therein as they deplane. Navy photographers take photos. An interviewer talks to crew members. The crew walks away from the aircraft along a cordoned pathway between numerous military personnel on hand to greet them on this historic occasion. The aircraft, number 44-27354, was actually participating in its second atomic mission. It also served as a photographic platform for the mission to Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when it was named "Big Stink.". Pilot for the Bikini mission was Major Woodrow Swancutt of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The aircraft was renamed "Dave's Dream" in honor of Captain David Semple, a bombardier killed during the crash of another B-29 on March 7, 1946, near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Scenes of various atomic bomb tests conducted by America during a course of time. Shows the atomic bomb test in Alamogordo, New Mexico(1945). Nuclear weapons tests for shot Able and shot Baker, tested at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of Operation Crossroads(1946). Close -up view of massive nuclear explosion at sea seen from shore with blast wave approaching unmanned ships near harbor and a palm tree on shore seen waving dramatically. Atomic bomb tests at the Enewetak Atoll (sometimes spelled Eniwetok or Eniewetok) In the Marshall Island as part of Operation Sandstone (1948).
U.S. Nuclear weapons test ABLE in Bikini Atoll also called Bikini Lagoon, on July 1, 1946. Ships anchored in the lagoon in the foreground are seen from aircraft flying above. The nuclear device with yield of 23 thousand tons of TNT equivalent, is dropped from the high flying B-29 bomber named Dave's Dream (not seen) and detonates at a height of 520 feet above sea level. The screen goes white from the light of the resulting fireball. As that light dissipates, the characteristic mushroom cloud is seen billowing upwards, at the same time as a surge of water occurs at the base of the explosion. The upper part of the mushroom begins to separate from the stem, below.
Aerial view of mushroom cloud rising from detonation of atomic bomb in Test Able of the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. The mushroom cloud rises straight up from the Bikini Lagoon. Bikini Atoll visible in background.
U.S. sailors aboard a ship during Operation Crossroads (Atomic Bomb Test Able Day) by the United States on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sailors on the deck of the ship off the coast of Bikini Atoll. Two men wear head set. Sailors cradle their arms across their face as the Able Day atomic explosion occurs on the atoll. A mushroom cloud rises. Sailors watch from the deck of the ship. A target fleet in the distant background.
Atomic Bomb Test Able Day (Operation Crossroads) by the United States on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Navy personnel aboard a ship of a target fleet off the coast of Bikini Atoll. Cameramen set up their camera aboard the ship. The navy personnel being briefed on the deck of the ship. Personnel practice the measures to be taken during the atomic explosion and they cradle their arms across their face.