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DaveTrojan

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Warning Notice to all who hunt F-80s in NV
According to the attached article dated June 1955
They flew QF-80 drones THROUGH the atomic clouds during atomic testing in Nevada.
Of three talked about in the article
1 crashed on a dry lake, 1 crashed in the mountains and 1 landed successfully
So there are some HOT crash sites out there somewhere. 
QF-80 drone Radioactive.jpg 

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I have located one of the sites from the Teapot Dome tests and Craig Fuller knows of another that I'd previously listed in my stuff as simply a debris field.  The Teapot Dome site I chased on GE was the lowest of three drones flying.  The video clearly shows the horizontal stab buckling when the shock wave hits.  They tried to get it down on a lakebed but lost control and it hit a line of hills.  Debris is visible on GE and the site has been confirmed.

There were also at least 2 drones lost with chimps aboard at the NTS.

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Walt and Dave that is fascinating information and so interesting, thanks for this post. Dave M
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This is the Youtube video showing the story of the Operation Tea pot and the crash of QF-80.


 

I also located this crash site (QF-80C #45-8301) when Walt posted the topic (https://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com/post/a-ge-find-7896783?pid=1290620508).

This is the one in the video (Painted in green with QF-301 and flew the lowest altitude of 3800 ft).

There were lots of parts spread out over 400 ft wide on the steep hill side.

  


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Don't touch those wreckage parts!
I would not want to be in that helicopter that flew over the blast crater only 1 hour afterwards. 
Makes me wonder where all that radio active fallout went

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I also would not want to be in that helicopter, but I don't worry about the wreckage.

Its been over 60 years ago and already washed by rain many times. It may still radio active, but not enough to harm my health.

Millions of people live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki without any problems.[biggrin]

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Never knew about this, thanks guys for posting all the info. It will be a fun Google Earth search.
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Yes, It’s been many years and the rainfall in Japan vs. the rainfall at the test range in Nevada is significantly different. Also, the atomic bombs that were being tested during the mid-50s at the range were considerably larger and more radioactive than those dropped on Japan. There are still some very “hot” areas out here in the Silver State.
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If I remember correctly, at least one of the B-17s from that project and possibly a P-47 were recovered after the cooling off period.  They flew the one B-17 from the test area.  Dennis
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Maybe I should bring geiger counter for this wreck.
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