Atom Bomb Tests - Target Nevada
VAV!/January 27, 2016
Able, a 1-kiloton device was dropped over Frenchman Flat on January 27th, 1951 by a B-50 Superfortress. The first A-bomb of the Operation Ranger series, Able was also the first nuclear test at the Nevada Proving Ground. It launched Las Vegas into the atomic age and was followed by 99 atmospheric nuclear tests and 828 below ground nuclear tests.
The Nevada Test Site, today known as the Nevada National Security Site, is a 1,375 square mile area that lies north of Las Vegas, Nevada. This desert was originally an Army Air Corps aerial gunnery range used to train pilots and gunners in World War II. Following the war, it was enlarged and was designated the site for carrying out America's nuclear tests by President Harry Truman in 1951.