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Atomic Bomb Loading Pit

Atomic Bomb Loading Pit

Video Summary & Highlights

In this episode, join us as we visit one of few remaining atomic bomb loading pits in the world where prototypes units were loaded into Silverplate B-29s at Wendover Army Air Base for testing. We discuss the 216th AAF Base Unit (Special) that was hard at work assembling prototype weapons as part of Project Alberta, as well as the 509th Composite Group which used Wendover to train for the atomic missions that would help end the war.
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1:33 - Wendover and its relation to the Manhattan Project

8:28 - Prototype atomic bomb assembly areas

16:02 - The “silverplate” B-29s

19:40 - Taking a look at the loading pit

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