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.
Nuclear weapons test "BAKER" in Bikini Lagoon, on July 25, 1946. Ships anchored in the lagoon are seen from aircraft flying above. The nuclear device with yield of 23 thousand tons of TNT equivalent, is detonated from 90 feet below sea level. The screen goes white from the light of the resulting fireball. As that light dissipates, a huge wall of water is seen rising rapidly to create a mountainous ball of water, from which a mushroom cloud starts billowing upwards. A huge column of water is seen falling out of the mass, as the mushroom cloud continues to rise and spread.
Cluster of test vessels is seen in aerial view of test site, Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean. Baker test, of underwater atomic bomb burst, in Operation Crossroads, July, 1946. Detonation produces large shock wave, water column and mushroom cloud.
U.S. Army Engineers and their role in preparation for the atomic bomb tests on Bikini Island, Marshall Islands. Bulldozer being driven up, large crane hoists construction material in the background. Engineers use construction equipment to level the land for atomic bombs testing. An engineer pushes construction material on metal conveyor. Engineers throw sacks on site from a truck trailer. They shovel soil. Front end loader levels the land. Engineers use hand tamper. Engineers work to construct an airstrip and parking area.