Category: military history

TODAY IN HISTORY: The 11-megaton “Romeo” nuclear test at Bikini Atoll on March 26, 1954, part of Operation Castle.

(Atomic Veterans of America)


As part of the “Annie” atomic test at the Nevada Proving Ground on March 17, 1953, scientists filmed the destruction of “House No. 1” located 3,500 feet from ground zero. The time from the first to last picture as 21/3 seconds, shot from a camera encased in a 2-inch lead sheath to protect it from radiation. 

(Department of Energy)

A medic sprays throats with a quinine solution as a preventive measure against influenza. Love Field, Dallas, Texas, 1918.

An Atlas rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, February 4, 1959.


February 6, 1951: The 22-kiloton “Fox” nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site, part of Operation Ranger.

Inside the hangar during my NASA Social adventure at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. What you see here is a NASA P-3B, basically a flying laboratory packed with microphysics probes and assorted doodads, ready to chase snowstorms for the agency’s IMPACTS mission.

“Kytoons” (kite balloons) used to obtain weather data for atomic tests in Nevada, 1952. Via @usnatarchives.

(National Archives)

Launch of a RAM B2 at @nasa’s Wallops launch facility in Virginia, 1963.

A Bell X-2 skids to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, April 22, 1952.

ON THIS DAY: During the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s chaos at Ford Island Naval Air Station as the USS Shaw explodes in the background, December 7, 1941.