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1956 - Part 1


" Operation Redwing JTF-7"  Eniwetok Area of the Pacific,  ~ 1956

Purpose: Provide ground and upper air weather support for thermonuclear weapons testing.

Test of 1.1 Megaton "Dakota" 26 Jun 1956 at Bikini Atoll

Betio Island weather site chosen on lagoon at Eastern end (lower Left)

Fumatahachi Island, an uninhabited island near the Southern end of the atoll

Survey of Kusaie Island - LSTs had operated in the harbor

Five standard 20' x 48' buildings were suggested at each location. Tarawa building shown.

Ronriki Island at Tarawa Atoll surveyed and chosen for weather site

Fumatahachi Island, Kapingamarangi Atoll was surveyed and selected for a weather site

Native houses and families surrounded the weather site at Kusaie

Crash boat stands by to meet the  SA-16 aircraft at Kapingamarangi

Permission was given to fly the American flag over the camp at Tarawa

Eniwetok Base Receiving Section showing tons of supplies which had to quickly be moved

Kusaie Island's water tower had a damaged cross member which was repaired

Reefers at Tarawa accommodated local food supplies and Kusaie's excess food

Visitors and camp personnel enjoy a meal at Tarawa's weather station mess hall

The radio at Tarawa was put in operation using a whip antenna until a permanent antenna was installed

A weather balloon at Rongerik is inflated in preparation for a radiosonde release


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