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10. Duplicate "Fat Man"

This is a duplicate outer casing of Mark 17, America's first droppable hydrogen bomb. Measuring 24 feet, 6 inches and weighing approximately 21 tons, it was exploded from a steel tower on Bikini Island, March 1, 1954, in a test code-named "Bravo." Its 15-megaton yield was equivalent to 1,200 Hiroshimas, making it the most powerful H-bomb explosion in U.S. history. Fallout from the test covered 7,000 square miles. Strategic Air Command Museum, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. November 13, 1984.

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