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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

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. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.
  • Rogier Barendregt

    Five men agree to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb

  • Paula Craft Dye

    July 19, 1957: Five Air Force officers & one photographer stood together on a patch of ground about 65 miles NW of Las Vegas. They'd marked the spot "Ground Zero. Population 5" on a hand-lettered sign hammered into the soft ground right next to them. Two F-89 jets fly overhead, one of them shoots off a nuclear missile carrying an atomic warhead. 18,500 feet above them, the missile is detonated & blows up. These 6 men intentionally stood directly underneath an exploding 2-kiloton nuclear bomb.

  • Emily Pawley

    Five Air Force officers stand at ground zero of an atomic bomb test at a Nevada test site on July 19, 1957.

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