This one is a little different. It was an air to air missile, and five guys were thrilled to stand underneath it when it went off several thousand feed above them:

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  1. #1 MadScientist
    July 18, 2012

    I didn’t realize there were bombs with such a small yield. All the same, there’s no way in hell I’m volunteering to stand <4km away from the point of detonation.

  2. #2 MadScientist
    July 18, 2012

    OK, so it’s more like <6km rather than 4km (the bomb's height above ground was ~18500ft, not 10000 as written up on the website) but it's still a really stupid idea to be anywhere near a nuclear blast.

    Imagine if anyone actually used these air-air missiles in combat. Aside from totally screwing up radio communications for the duration of the battles, that'd be one hell of a toxic dogfight.

  3. #3 scidogs
    July 19, 2012

    there were A bombs so small they were fired off a jeep with a recoilless rifle,the Davy Crockett .see it in action on Youtube.

  4. #4 MadScientist
    July 19, 2012

    Thanks scidogs. Suddenly the computer game “Scorched Earth” doesn’t seem so funny. I wonder if any of these weapons were publicized in that era?

    Wow – a nuke with the explosive yield of 2 daisy cutters and a toxicity that makes Agent Orange look timid.

  5. #5 dean
    July 19, 2012

    Wasn’t the idea behind the first generation of anti-missile missiles (nike? system) developed around the idea that the warheads of the “antis” would be small nukes? The idea was that they didn’t actually need to hit the incoming warheads, just detonate near them? The idea went to pot, IIRC, when
    *People decided the idea of defending against nuclear attack by detonating our own nukes above us was a bit stupid
    * At the time they were developed ICBMs carried one warhead. MIRVs screwed up everything

    Final question: Did any of you find the narrator’s voice to be a lot creepy, especially just after detonation?