Scipsy

Baker test, part of operation Crossroads.
24 July 1946
Sub-surface burst at Bikini Atoll Lagoon, Marshall Islands.
23 kiloton yield.
Test ships can be seen being enveloped by the shock wave. In total 8 ships were sunk and 8 severly damaged.
Serious radioactive contamination occurred during this test. Bikini Island, some 3 miles from the detonation point could not be safely landed on for a week. (via sierradelta74’s photostream)

E’ curioso come il nome del bombardiere B-29 che trasportava e che sganciò la prima bomba atomica, fosse 'Enola Gay', dal nome della madre del pilota, e quello dato alla bomba fosse 'Little Boy'.

E’ curioso, perchè poi l’aereo gemello, che aveva ‘solo’ il compito di scattare foto, fu chiamato invece 'Necessary Evil'.

Chi scelse i nomi doveva essere dotato di un particolare umorismo no?

Please Don’t Smoke Near the Atomic Bomb… (by Mondmann)
Nose section of the “Enola Gay,”  the B-29 Superfortress that dropped  the first atomic bomb ever to be used in war, on Hiroshima, Japan on  August 6, 1945.  The plane is on display at the National Air and Space  Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  (Note the  warning on the wheel well door: “No Smoking Within 100 Ft.”)

Please Don’t Smoke Near the Atomic Bomb… (by Mondmann)

Nose section of the “Enola Gay,” the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb ever to be used in war, on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The plane is on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Note the warning on the wheel well door: “No Smoking Within 100 Ft.”)