Boom! Five Men Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Via NPR:

Who are these guys? And why is the narrator joyously shouting, “It happened! The mounds are vibrating. It is tremendous! Directly above our heads! Aaah!”

This footage was shot by the U.S. Air Force (at the behest of Col. Arthur B. “Barney” Oldfield, public information officer for the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs) to demonstrate the relative safety of a low-grade nuclear exchange in the atmosphere. Two colonels, two majors and a fifth officer agreed to stand right below the blast. Only the cameraman, George Yoshitake, didn’t volunteer.

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons to counter similar weapons being developed in Russia. (They didn’t win this argument.)

5 Comments on "Boom! Five Men Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb"

  1. sveltesvengali | May 5, 2014 at 1:21 am |

    I thought Buster-Jangle, Totskoye and 596 were crazy, but this might just take the cake.

  2. Bethany Spielman | May 5, 2014 at 1:36 am |

    I wonder what happened to those guys?

  3. Rhoid Rager | May 5, 2014 at 4:19 am |

    The perversity of the military seems to get worse with time. *turn your speakers down*

  4. Alexander Hamilton | May 5, 2014 at 7:03 am |

    Why not ? 2kt at 10.000 yards isnt dangerous for pressure,heat,radiation.And because its an high airburst there will be no significant fallout.

  5. Anarchy Pony | May 5, 2014 at 11:47 am |

    Who died of cancer first? Also, how crazy is it that they are trying demonstrate the safety of a bomb?

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