1. Michael Shirley Says:
August 14th, 2006 at 5:07 pm
Nice article, but might I offer a few small corrections? The most powerful bomb the US ever built was the Mark 17, which was a three stage bomb that could only be carried by the B-36. Yield was a little over 20 megatonnes. Our standard bomb, the B-61 is variable yield according to the pits inserted in the primary. Yield tops out at 1.2 Megatonnes, but the average yield is only about 80 kilotonnes. Unless you’re trying to crack the Soviet C3I complex at Zhiguli, megatonne yield weapons tend to be a waste.