Mk- 17 on lift truck (1954)

The biggest US bomb ever built and deployed, the Mk-17 was a real 'crowd pleaser' with a 15 megaton yield.
The weapon weighed 20 tons and required all sorts of special equipment to move it around and get it up into aircraft bomb bays.
Strange to see it in such a grimey garage like setting. Since this is from the mid 50's,
Hollywood hadn't had a chance to show them what real doomsday facilities should look like.
200 were built and have long since been retired.

1 comment:

Autumnforest said...

That is really raw and unguarded looking. It's amazing what they could get away with making and storing and no one in the 50s asked about it, no reporters poking around, no conspiracy freaks yet. Quite a different world.