Capt. William L. Hickey B-36 Pilot & Crew of AFSWC, ‘Operation Teapot’, Nevada, 1955


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  1. TEAPOT – Pictured above is the B-36 intercontinental bomber crew from the Air Force Special Weapons Center which delivered the high-explosive device over the Nevada Test Site today. The device was detonated against a background of intricate smoke trails and puffs positioned just before burst time by six F-86 Sabrejets, a B-47 Stratojet, and a B-36 bomber of the Air Force Special Weapons Center. A majority of the aircraft participating in the test were provided by AFSWC and other Centers of the Air Research and Development Command. Department of Defense scientific, as well as operational phases of the test, were planned and conducted by ARDC Centers under direction of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. This crew is wearing high altitude pressure suits, designed by the Air Force to protect fliers from low air pressures encountered at high altitudes.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  2. Flight crew of a Convair B-36H Peacemaker, 4925th Test Group (Atomic), Kirtland AFB, during Operation Teapot, 1955. The crewmen are wearing David Clark Co. Type T-1 capstan-type partial pressure suits, with MA-2 helmets for protection at high altitude.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    • I shouldn’t write comments so early in the morning: These partial pressure suits do not have anti-g suits built in, so that would make them Type S-2.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  3. Correction: I believe that the white helmets are the Type MA-2, but the ones with the unpainted green fiberglas shells are Type K-1.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  4. I’ll get it right eventually. The white helmets are early Type K-1 “split shell” two-piece helmets. Sheeesh….

    June 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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