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Old 08-01-2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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I am hoping to find the Airstream used in the A-Bomb test conducted in May of 1955. The test Airstream appears to be an early 1954 California built 22' Safari. The year and model can be identified by the photos of it that show it with bee-hive marker lights mounted on the sides of the end panels (discontinued in early 1954), a 9 panel rear end cap (called a Dutchman or Whale Tail) used exclusively on California built Airstreams from 1954 to 1957, and three adjacent street side windows (used only on the Safari). After the test the Airstream was used for promotion purposes, and then, rumor has it, it was sold. If this Airstream still exists the current owner might not know if it is the one used in the bomb test, so if any of you know someone who owns a California built 1954 22' Safari could you give me their name and address?

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Old 08-01-2005, 03:22 PM   #2
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Maybe you should head to a big VAC rally with a geiger counter in hand...

I was curious about this as well. I'll be interested to see if you can find it. It's strange to note that after being used in the test it was put back on the road and possibly sold to someone without any mention of it's history. Do you know anything about how close it was to the blast?

If you like, I'll put a note about your search into our next unit newsletter. PM me if you have any specific text you want me to use. We have some very long-time members in our unit, you never know what might turn up.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:24 PM   #3
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Should be easy to find... look for the warm glow at night ;)

Hi - you might consider contacting the folks at the B Reactor Museum in Richland Washington. This little non-profit is trying to save the old reactor where the stuff for those tests and subsequent bombs was produced. Many of their volunteers were directly involved in the Manhattan project.
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You should also contact the Chrest Museum in Richland, WA. They have a 40's era trailer on display that has been partiall restored and several of their volunteers are Birch beauty fans. The Gov't purchased hundreds of trailers in the forties as permanent living quarters for "Camp Hanford" for nuclear workers and their familes. Many of them are still in the area.

Here are some pics of a forties vintage vagabond that they have on display.
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They say never put aluminum foil in a microwave - this test sounds like that scenario times a hundred!
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It probably still IS radioactive. One way to verify it's authenticity
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Stephanie,

Thanks, please do copy my request to your Unit newsletter.

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Oh, yes, I nearly forgot. It was placed 10,500 feet from ground zero.
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Oh, yes, I nearly forgot. It was placed 10,500 feet from ground zero.
Did it need polishing after that test?? lmao
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Does anyone have a copy of the picture of that Airstream? I know I've seen it before, but I can't locate it. I want to use it in our newsletter along with Forrest's request for info.
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Photos of Atomic trailer

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Also, there is a very nice, larger photo, in the just published book: Wanderlust - Airstream at 75.
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Those are just what I needed, thanks!
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I am curious what was tested on the Airstream during this test, does anyone know?
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