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Old 08-23-2005, 06:30 PM   #15
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This test was to test the prototype of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The test was conducted in Nevada.
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:34 PM   #16
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This test was to test the prototype of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The test was conducted in Nevada.
I meant to ask what about the Airstream was tested, I understand why they tested the bomb, but I am sure there were no Airstreams expected in Japan.

Why did they use an Airstream in the testing of the A-Bomb?
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:36 PM   #17
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I am curious what was tested on the Airstream during this test, does anyone know?
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With the advent of the Cold War, the government became one of the trailer industry's best customers. Close to bases full of missile silos, radar arrays, and concrete bunkers, you'd always find trailers. Capitalizing on this, manufacturers argued that the trailer was the perfect dwelling place for areas adjacent to nuclear test sites. According to one article, a trailer would roll with the shock wave from a blast rather than falling to pieces. Surprisingly, the author was sort of right: This Airstream was parked close to ground zero for the 1955 Operation Cue test. It survived with only a broken window.
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Old 08-23-2005, 07:41 PM   #18
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Did it need polishing after that test?? lmao
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:27 AM   #19
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Airstream, Atomic Bombs, Cold War and Neveda

Many Airstreamers are unaware of an Airstream used in a Civil Defense Atomic Bomb test. Here is a sketch of Airstream, and quotes, and pictures from those days gone by.

I have also included three colour pictures that I could not copy into my PDF file.

Enjoy this "radiant" part of history.

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Old 01-23-2009, 06:59 AM   #20
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I had no idea that an Airstream was used during atomic bomb testing. Do you have any idea what happened to the test trailer? I wonder if it was buried somewhere in the Nevada desert? I looked like it was a Safari.

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Thanks for the historic information. This forum is a wealth of knowledge.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:24 AM   #22
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I had no idea that an Airstream was used during atomic bomb testing. Do you have any idea what happened to the test trailer? I wonder if it was buried somewhere in the Nevada desert? I looked like it was a Safari.

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I have no idea what eventually happened to the trailer. If you notice it has the Caravan and WBCCI number 62. Before the test the trailer was owned by Darwin and Lucille Wright of Alhambra, CA. Without checking I believe they were part of the Jack Rabbits.

I also believe that it was not used by the Wrights after the test. However, I did have opportunity to use it and sleep in it at the Palm Springs Rally.

That's about all I know about the unit.

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Old 01-23-2009, 08:40 AM   #23
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I was thinking that because of the radiation , the government often just buried many of the items used in these tests.

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Radiant Airstream . . .

The "radiant" Airstream is pictured on page 35 in Burkhart and Hunt's book "AIRSTREAM: The History of the Land Yacht".
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However, I did have opportunity to use it and sleep in it at the Palm Springs Rally.

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I was thinking that because of the radiation , the government often just buried many of the items used in these tests.

PeeWee - Would you care to make a guess as to how many Airstreams you have slept in over the years?
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13 that I can remember.

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Radiant or Marilyn Monroe?

"Radiant" would seem to be an appropriate name! These attached articles report that someone suggested the name, "Marilyn Monroe."
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Trail-R-News Magazine 1955 Atomic Trailer, plus Airstream Ads

For those that want to see a larger copy of the magazine coverage on the atomic trailer, you may go to the Sierra Neveda's Unit site and see it in a "PDF" file. This is courtesy of the Estate of Helen Byam Schwamborn.

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/me...ail-r-news.pdf

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