Operation Crossroads. Ground crews exercise caution offloading radioactive cargo from drone B-17s after Test Able explosion
United States USA Date:1946, July 1 Duration:2 min 23 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Activities following the Test Able atomic explosion at Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads.
Ground crewman unseals a cable from fuselage and uses it to pull and air sampler box off the top of a B-17 drone aircraft. He avoids being hit by it as it tumbles from atop the airplane. He then drags it to a spot on the ramp, where a man with a geiger counter checks it for radioactivity. Two men transport it on a long pole, to a fork lift. Several other B-17 drones are seen with ground crews offloading them remotely, by means of cables and remote activation of controls inside the B-17 bomb bays. A forklift operator loads an item into the rear hatch of a waiting C-54 transport aircraft.
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