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ISSUE 166 - April 2011
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The Really BIG Ones are a No-No

By David Rose, Contributing Editor
San Diego, California

Back in eFlyer Issue 38, October 2008, I talked about the mission of Russia’s Commander Major Andrei E. Durnovtsev and his crew of 8 who flew to test the largest bomb ever built; and hopefully ever will be built; though we know from history that it probably won’t be.

We’ll build something even more devastating someday. It may not be nuclear, but it will be something.

Whatever; but theirs was nuclear, and big. 57 megatons as it turned out. It wasn’t supposed to be that big but that’s the way it turned out; just a little 7 megaton miscalculation.

But with time, things changes; facts come under the influence of interested parties and as a result, they move in or out of focus; becoming clear, or obscure.

Such has been the case for Russia’s “Tsar Bomba” and the mission of Oct 30th 1961. Now video is available, both of the mission itself, and of the fallout in the U.N.. ‘seems you just can’t go around blowing up the world anymore. Lots of little bombs; that’s OK. But lay off the really big ones or you risk bringing the world down around your ears. At least that’s the way it turned out for Russia back in 1961.

See the mission video here then view some of the political fallout here.

Read the whole fascinating story of “Big Ivan” in the Nuclear Weapons archive here

By David Rose, Contributing Editor

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