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The fat man and the little boy

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ollieusher
1203086.  Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:14 pm Reply with quote

In the 1411 book, page 203, it is suggested that Fat Man was the name of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima - Fat Man was the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was called Little Boy as it was smaller in physical size than the Fat Man bomb. There was a third bomb on the cards at the time, Thin Man, but it's technology was found to be unusable so was discontinued.
All 3 names were coined by Robert Serber, student of Oppenheimer. Fat Man and Little Boy were both characters in the Bogart movie The Maltese Falcon.
Little Boy was detonated at approximately 600m above Hiroshima and its yield was 'guessed' at 20 kilotons of TNT by Parsons, the Enola Gay's weaponeer, as it seemed a bit bigger than anything he'd seen at the Trinity test site.

 

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