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    Dog |Greenhouse|

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    Date: 17:33 UTC 07/04/1951 | Type: Tower @91m | Yield: 81 Kt

    Dog was a proof test of the Mk-6 strategic bomb. This was the highest yield test up to that time (superseded by George a month later), and evaluated the stockpiled MK 6 weapon with a "How Double Prime" composite uranium-plutonium core. The cockpit of an XB-47 weapons effects aircraft exposed to Greenhouse dog became intensely heated with the metal in the cockpit becoming too hot to touch. The explosion lifted 250,000 tons of soil to an altitude of approximately 10,500m. The Mk-6 had an improved 60 point implosion system (the Mk-4 had a 32 point system) that provided greater compression and higher efficiency. The Mk-6 was the first nuclear weapon stockpiled in large numbers by the U.S. (over 1000 eventually produced).




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