Operation Buster-Jangle


Operation Buster-Jangle
Operation Buster-Jangle
Buster-Jangle shot with personnel.jpg
Buster-Jangle Dog
Information
Country United States
Test site Nevada Test Site
Period October - November 1951
Number of tests 7
Test type Atmospheric/Underground
Device type Fission
Max. yield 31 kt
Navigation
Previous test Operation Greenhouse
Next test Operation Tumbler-Snapper

Operation Buster-Jangle was a series of seven (six atmospheric, one underground) nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States in late 1951 at the Nevada Test Site. Buster-Jangle was the first joint test program between the DOD and Los Alamos National Laboratories. 6,500 troops were involved in the Desert Rock I, II, and III exercises in conjunction with the tests. The last two tests evaluated the cratering effects of low-yield nuclear devices. This series preceded Operation Tumbler-Snapper and followed Operation Greenhouse.

Individual tests

Name Date Yield Notes
ABLE October 22, 1951 "less than one pound"[1] tower shot; fizzle; nuclear reaction occurred but nuclear yield smaller than yield of compression charges
BAKER October 28, 1951 3.5 kilotons B-50 airdrop
CHARLIE October 30, 1951 14 kilotons B-50 airdrop
DOG November 1, 1951 21 kilotons B-50 airdrop
EASY November 5, 1951 31 kilotons B-45 airdrop
SUGAR November 19, 1951 1.2 kilotons surface burst
UNCLE November 29, 1951 1.2 kilotons sub-surface burst (-17 feet)

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Nuclear Weapon Archive: Operation Buster-Jangle

Coordinates: 37°08′10″N 116°04′07″W / 37.13611°N 116.06861°W / 37.13611; -116.06861


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