Joel Carpenter wrote:
The other thing that's interesting about Kirtland is that if you look just to the SE of the end of the E-W runway, you can see an installation known as the Trestle. It blasts full-sized planes with electromagnetic pulse to simulate nuclear explosions. It wouldn't have been there in '57 of course, but it's indicative of what goes on at Sandia.
For those who work at Engineering/Manufacturing facilities that perform to military contracts the test facilities in NM are essential. Most contracts specify survivability of hardware after 3 blasts of pulsed energy. If we didn't have the test facilities, we couldn't harden the designs to meet these requirements.The observations related to the timing of the UFO event and the testing of the B-58 are excellent. I'm sure they were there applying pressure. You can bet it was noted officially.
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