First air drop test of a thermonuclear weapon. The weapon was dropped from a USAF B-52 bomber (not seen) that flew from Fred Island, Eniwetak (sometimes spelled Enewetak or Eniewetok), on May 21, 1956. View appears to be from an aircraft flying above altocumulus clouds, below higher stratiform layers. The film begins with a complete whiteout from the initial fireball. As that subsides, local stratiform clouds take on a rosy hue and the center fireball is seen rising above them. As the fireball rises, it takes on a somewhat hemispherical shape, flat on the bottom, from which a straight stem-like column extends toward the ground. The light of the explosion slowly fades and complete darkness ensues. Official accounts state that the intended ground zero was directly over Namu Island, but the flight crew mistook an observation facility on a different island for their targeting beacon with the result that the weapon delivery was grossly in error. The bomb detonated some 4 miles off target over the ocean northeast of Namu. As a result essentially all of the weapons effects data was lost. ( Note: According to ancillary reports, the delivery error resulted in blast overpressures and thermal effects on the 6 structural response targets between Iroij and Namu Islands, greatly exceeding specifications for any use in scientific military modeling of high yield aerial detonations. Plans for graded damages analysis failed when all the structures collapsed. Effects cameras also failed from the intense fireball heat.)
Shows one of the many raydist site (HF & MF relay station) situated on the Bikini and Eniwetok atolls in Marshall Islands,Pacific Ocean . Aircraft carrier, USS Badoeng Strait in the Pacific Ocean. Several receiving antennas near radar trailers on the aircraft carrier. Radar dish on top of trailers on the Bikini atoll. Man checks radar antenna on top of trailer. Aerial shots of shoreline radar installations, an AFB and living quarters located on lagoon. Several United States Aircrafts that participated in Project Red Wing can be seen on the AFB.
Nuclear detonation on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Operation Red Wing. A resultant mushroom cloud. Scenes of landing of several USAF-aircraft like B-52,B-47,B-66, B-57 on a United States AFB situated on the Eniwetok atoll (sometimes spelled Enewetak or Eniewetok) in Marshall Islands. Shows the aircraft carrier USS Badoeng Strait in Northwestern Pacific Ocean. Several US-airplanes like F-84F, F-101, B-52 and B-36 can be seen on the AFB. Maintenance crew can be seen working on a B-52's (Stratofortress) engines. Men working on the nose and wing section of a F-101 Voodoo. Technician working on the F-101's electronics equipment, opens its nose dome to reveal photo panel radiation gauges. Airman removes motion picture camera from the nose of F101. Technicians work at the instrumental panel of a B-57. Radiometer attached at tail section of B-66. Technician removes dust for radiation sample. Technicians work on the horizontal stabilizer of B-47 tail section.
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.
The damage caused due to an atom bomb test during Operation Crossroads on Bikini Atoll in Micronesian islands, Marshall Islands. An aircraft carrier sinks. Damaged aircraft carrier. Damage caused to Bikini atoll. A damaged destroyer. Some of the damage of the destroyer. Aircraft on the carrier and water being sprayed on it. A destroyer and the fire fighting equipment in operation. Aircraft carrier tilting on one side. Aircraft carrier sinks.
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.