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Any h-bomb experts here?

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Unread 09-21-2009, 09:44 PM
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Any h-bomb experts here?

I watched a cool documentary last night about the develoment of nuclear weapons called "Trinity and Beyond." There was some amazing footage captured during those tests.

One thing I would like to know is what are those vertical "streamers" that show up at the beginning of the blast near ground level that rise up into the atmosphere?
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    Unread 09-21-2009, 09:46 PM
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

    I can drop some F bombs but I have no info on H bombs.
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    Unread 09-21-2009, 11:41 PM
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

    If you happen to know any of the bomb people at Los Alamos National Lab or ask someone at the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos I bet you'd get an answer.
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

    I've got a copy of that documentary. Real interesting, sorry though, don't have an answer for your question.
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

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    what are those vertical "streamers"

    The smoke trails are there to see how the surrounding air reacts to the explosion.
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

    The smoke trails are from telemetry rockets that are fired just prior to detonation. I'm not an expert but I worked in the program from 1958 to 1980.
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    Re: Any h-bomb experts here?

    My dad's cousin worked at LosAlamos forever and wrote bomb papers that I have read online. He's old and retired now. I'll ask him when I talk to him. But he may not tell me.
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