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Little peacemaker

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Tactical nuclear weapon

We have not seen massive worldwide conflicts since 1949, a relatively peaceful period of 58 years, ever since the first of these types of terrifying weapons were used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is the first time that I and “Junior” had come face to face with a nuclear bomb – this one is a training round of the WE177 – we found it at the North-East Air Museum in Washington, just a few hundred yards over the border from South Tyneside. These bombs were carried by British aircraft and were of the one kiloton type, they were capable of destroying cities the size of Birmingham, Glasgow, or Newcastle as they exploded one mile above ground in a parachute retarded descent.

Surprising how small they are.

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Written by curly

September 6, 2007 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, History, Washington

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  1. I couldn’t help it, my first thought upon reading the title was of Tracy Chapman’s line “why are the missiles called peacekeepers, when they’re aimed to kill”.

    While not nuclear, I find things like cluster bombs incredibly disgusting. Sorry to go off topic…

    z

    September 7, 2007 at 10:31 am


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