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July 31, 2004

For the Arsenal

Here is one for the Arsenal (and this one is not).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 31, 2004 11:03 AM

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So, this is a good time to mention that my father commanded a battery of the 280mm cannon shown herein, though not that particular gun, which is the only US artillery piece to have actually fired a nuclear weapon to a surface burst, I believe.

When the Flea travels to the heartland, he should find an excuse to swing by "Cannon Walk" at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he may rest his wings on Atomic Annie - the actual gun you see in the film. Failing that, should he make it to the Arsenal proper, I know where one is stashed on a hill in central Kansas overlooking I-70 we can get to. There is a very nice complete gun, with it's 'push-me/pull-yu' tractors at the National Atomic Museum on the grounds of Sandia Labs, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, as well. Just in case you really wanted to see one...

I was never so happy (aside from receiving "EndEx" in the field) as the day when the US eschewed nuclear-capable cannon artillery.

Part of the Armorer's nagging disability comes from exposure to radiation during nuke assembly operations.

As for the second film clip - while I love my naval brothers, well, the pictures speak for themselves...

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at August 1, 2004 09:11 PM

Both destination spots are added to the itinerary! Now all I have to do is get my life organized enough for a road-trip.

Posted by: Flea at August 1, 2004 10:36 PM