Operation Doorstep (1953)

Operation Doorstep was a Civil Defense test carried out in conjunction with the much larger March 17, 1953, 16-kiloton ANNIE test conducted at the Nevada Test Site, part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. In the smaller Operation Doorstep test, blast and thermal effects were evaluated on mannequins, automobiles, and wooden frame houses.

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Underlying Work: PD U.S. | Digital Copy: Attribution
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BEFORE THE BLAST






AFTER THE BLAST


















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  • Anne

    Man I love the test site mannequins. I’ve written a lot about atomic tourism and must admit that the mannequins are one of the things that got me interested in the topic in the first place. The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas has a great exhibit about the mannequins, and even has one of them (!!) on display. If you haven’t visited the museum, or the Nevada Test Site (which is something you should definitely do if you love this stuff) visit!