The B53 thermonuclear bomb was developed to obliterate Soviet command and control bunkers buried deep underground. The B53 had a yield of 9 megatons and entered service in 1962, it served for fifty years until the last bombs were finally decommissioned in 2011.
Back in January, Matt visited the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, where one of the exhibits included a decommissioned B53. Sadly, he didn’t get to strip it…
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