Nuclear test aircraft that survived the blast

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  1. thewritingwriter89

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    My dad is really into the history of the nuclear test sites, where they experimented with all different sizes of atomic bombs. They also used many WWII era aircraft to research the effect of radiation and shockwaves. Does anyone know what happened to these airplanes? Were they scrapped, sold, stored? For example, my dad read about a B-17 that was unharmed and was later sold to a museum. Are there any other remaining "former test aircraft". Any information or good links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    That B-17 is "909" from the Collings Foundation. From WIX:

    History:
    Delivered to USAAF as 44-83575, 19??
    - Used in atomic tests, Yucca Flats, NV, 1952.
    - Abandoned at test site, 1952-1965.
    Valley Scrap Metal, Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 1965.
    Abe Sellards/Aircraft Specialties Inc, Mesa, AZ, May 5, 1965-1981
    - Registered as N93012.
    - Rebuilt test site NV, ferried to Mesa on May 14, 1965.
    - Stored at Mesa, stripped for spares, 1969-1977.
    - Converted to tanker, Mesa, AZ, 1977.
    - Flew at tanker #99 "Lady of Yukka".
    Globe Air Inc., Mesa, AZ, Apr. 1981-1985.
    - Flew as tanker #99.
    Bob Collings/Collings Foundation, Stowe, MA, Oct. 1985-2004.
    - Delivered from Mesa, AZ to Kissimee, FL Jan. 1, 1987.
    -- Restored to military configuration.
    - Crashed while landing, Beaver County, PA, Jan. 28, 1987.
    - Repaired, Delivered to Kissimee for full restoration, Jan. 1991.
    - Flown as 231909/Nine-O-Nine/A-R.
    - Undercarraige collapse, Sioux City, IA (repaired, July 10, 1995.
     
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    Thanks evanglider, are there any links?
     
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    Thanks again, evanglider
     
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    No sweat. I remembered that it was one of the B-17s I have seen in the last few years, I just had to remember which one.
     
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    songwriter89, the B 29 that dropped the second A Bomb can be found on the net by looking it up by the plane's nick name, "Bock'sCar."My father took some friends of mine and me through it when I was still in Junior High School.It was stored at the time at DMAFB in Tucson, AZ.Dad brought along a Giger Counter. The plane still set the GC singing. Hope this helps.
     
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    Bockscar now sits in the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. I would hope that it has "cooled off" by now.
     
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    One of Lockheed's XF-90 prototypes was used as such: Lockheed XF-90
    And, Lockheed XF-90 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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