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US's Most Powerful Atomic Bomb, B53 - Dismantled

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Being the last of its kind and the US's most powerful, the B53 atomic bomb, has been dismantled in Amarillo Texas.
Experts at Pantex near Amarillo disassembled and removed the uranium Tuesday from the last of the US's largest nuclear conventionally dropped weapons, a Cold War relic known as the B53 nuclear bomb.
The BWXT Pantex plant is America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility and is charged with maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
The Mk/B-53 was the oldest and highest yield thermonuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal until 2010. It was one of the most powerful nuclear weapons ever built by the United States with a yield of 9 megatons of TNT (38 PJ).
Although not in active service for many years before 2010, 50 were retained during that time as part of the "Hedge" portion of the End

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Added: Oct-25-2011 Occurred On: Oct-25-2011
By: migueldeagua
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Tags: US's Most Powerful Atomic Bomb, B53 - Dismantled, Texas, Pantex
Location: Amarillo, Texas, United States (load item map)
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