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Declassified U.S. Nuclear Test Film #47

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Published on Nov 6, 2007

0800047 - U.S. Navy Training Film - Delivery of Atomic Weapons by Light Carrier Aircraft - No date - 18:20 - Black&White - Mission: Special nuclear weapon delivery by an A-7 carrier aircraft. This video features six different methods of delivery used to achieve maximum bombing accuracy and provide adequate safety margins for the crew and the aircraft.

Dummy B-43 bombs were used for the different drop tests, but actual nuclear explosions, including the mushroom clouds, were edited into the film to provide a realistic view of what the actual effects would have been if live nuclear weapons had been detonated. The B-43 was a multipurpose thermonuclear weapon capable of detonation by laydown (i.e., low-altitude parachute deployment), retard (i.e., conventional parachute deployment), and free-fall airbursts. The weapon was in the nuclear stockpile from 1961 until 1991.

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