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MARK VI AERIAL BOMB

Posted 2/10/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Mark VI Aerial Bomb on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Developed in 1949, the Mark VI Aerial Bomb was basically an improved version of the "Fat Man" bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. An implosion bomb (involving implosion-triggered plutonium fission), it had a higher yield, was lighter and had improved ballistic (flying) characteristics. It could be carried internally on B-29, B-36, B-47, B-50 and B-52 aircraft, and the bombardier could set the height above ground of the explosion while the aircraft was in flight. The Mark VI underwent seven modifications -- Mod 0 to Mod 6 -- between 1951 and 1955. It was the first mass produced nuclear weapon. The last Mark VI was retired in 1962.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Length: 10 ft. 7 in.
Diameter: 60 in.
Weight: 8500 lbs.
Yield: Kiloton range (One kiloton equals 1,000 tons of TNT)

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