Thursday, October 04, 2012

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FAT MAN!

34 comments:

The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Ok, I officially hate you. It's time for me to go to bed and I now have that stupid song stuck in my head. I suppose that having watched the show in it's first run may have something to do with it.

Roy in Nipomo said...

They restored it pretty well.

Canthros said...

Roy: Each atom painstakingly superglued back in place, one at a time, with the using a really big magnifying glass and the teeniest pair of tweezers you ever did see ...

ASM826 said...

An artifact from a time when victory could both be defined and achieved.

Old NFO said...

I've taken that same picture! :-)

danno said...

I did too... Did you spend some time in Dayton?

drjim said...

TECH QUIZ!

What's the black "paint" for?

GreyLocke said...

I actually like that paint scheme. Makes it look "Festive"

Steve said...

My best guess after hitting the google is that it's a sealant.

Justthisguy said...

@steve: Glyptal, maybe?

CapitalistPig said...

Sealant, or rotational reference?

It is truly amazing what could be built with an arc welder and a slide rule almost 70 years ago. Unfortunately, a reliable electric car still a futuristic dream.

Grayson said...

You fondled that?

You're braver than I thought.

John Stephens said...

You're not a REAL Atomic Tourist until you've walked the ground at Trinity, looked at the perimeter fence around the crater site, and thought "...and this was a LITTLE one!".

NAVIGATOR said...

FYI
THE TRINITY LITTLE BOY AND FATMAN BOMBS
FIRING MECHANISMS WERE FABRICATED BY THE LEAD MACHINIST AND HIS HELPER AT THE NEW YORK NAVAL SHIPYARD (BROOKLYN
NAVY YARD) IN JUNE 1945 AT THE TIME HE WAS GIVEN A MATERIALS LIST AND DRAWINGS
WITH SPECIFICATIONS FOR PARTS 1 PARTS 2 ETC BUT NO OTHER IDENTIFICATION OR DESCRIPTIONS ON THE DRAWING ALL OTHER WORK WAS STOPPED IN THE NUMBER ONE MACHINE SHOP THE BUILDING WAS CORDONED OFF BY A HEAVILY ARMED MARINE SECURITY DETACHMENT WHILE THEY WORKED NO OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING AFTER THE WORK WAS
DONE CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED IT WAS INVENTORIED AND PACKAGED ALL PAPERS AND PLANS WERE RETURNED TO THE SPOOKS THE MACHINIST AND HIS HELPER WERE WARNED OF DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF EVER DISCUSSING WHAT THEY WERE DOING
WITH ANYONE THE PACKAGES WERE PLACED IN TRUCKS AND WERE CONVOYED DOWN FLATBUSH AVENUE IN THE WEE HOURS
BY THE MARINES TO FLOYD BENNETT NAVAL AIR STATION AND OFF THEY WENT INTO HISTORY

TBeck said...

The museum at Kirtland AFB?

Roberta X said...

"You're an atom bomb, Charlie Brown!"

Robert said...

Watch out for a bald guy with a black hat calling himself "Heisenberg".

TXGunGeek said...

And I've carried and moved and kicked and tripped over a set of blades off the Enola Gay more times than I care to remember. Stuffed them into a corner out of the way for the time being. Trying to work a deal with the CAF to put them on display in FiFi's Hanger.

LCB said...

If I remember correctly, the Fat Man and Little Boy models at the AAF Museum here in Dayton are painted Olive Drab. Was just thinking this morning that I need to go there again...now I have a "real" reason. Hehehehe

Anyone get in the general area, the AAF Museum is awesome...and mostly free.

LCB said...

Oh...and BocksCar is here as well.

LCB said...

And before anyone jumps on my...I know it's the USAF Museum. Army Air Force just seems to automatically pop out when I'm thinking of WW2 planes.

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO

Ken O said...

Please load into the nearest airliner and mail drop to Iran.

Anonymous said...

keep it clean now:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151265812180206&set=p.10151265812180206&type=1

Charlie Foxtrot said...

I had a docent at the USAF Armament Museum in Floriduh photograph me with my arm around their engineering mockup of the Fat Man.

He wasn't impressed with the humor. Seems like almost every middle-aged, fat, white guy does the same... :^)'

Dean in Az said...

There's also the Atomic Testing Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, in Las Vegas. It's pretty neat history. Check it out if you go to Sin City...

Turk Turon said...

Burpelson Air Force Base?

Ed said...

Robert said "Watch out for a bald guy with a black hat calling himself "Heisenberg"."
I may have met him once, but I am unsure. I remember where it was, but how fast he was moving, less so. Or is it how fast he was moving, and less so exactly where he was?

Turk Turon said...

You sound uncertain.

Justthisguy said...

LCB, I occasionaly correspond with an autistic gal who attends Wright State University, pursuing an engineering degree. Sadly, it seems that her autistic perseverations, unlike mine, do not include Aerophilia, or the Love of Airplanes.

I don't think she has ever been out to Wright Field to look at the pretty airplanes. I just don't, and can't, understand people like that.

I can't wait to get to Warner Robins again and hug, and pet, some old bombers.

Justthisguy said...

P.s. The Air Force Museum has a magnificent collection of model airplane magazines, dating back into the thirties.

Unfortunately, due to the War On A Noun, ordinary folks are no longer allowed to enter the archives there, and peruse them.

Seems like they are trying to keep their best friends and best supporters away from them. Silly doodahs!

LCB said...

Waaaayyyy back in Jehmy Carter's time, I was in highschool...and decided to do a report on the B-1 bomber. Don'tchaknow that students writing reports can access the archives??? Can't remove anything...but you can make copies. I got a whole day out of school to drive from Hamilton to Dayton for my...cough cough...report. I may have also looked at an old plane or two. :-)

Robert Langham said...

Looks like a Killer Bee.

Roger Drew Williams said...

Viewed from the side when in a nose down attitude, it would look like a smiley face.