An AC-130 gunship and UH-60 helicopter light up the night as troops on the ground work a laser illuminator.
1 Kiloton Nuclear Bomb Detonated
The ESS shot was the 7th nuclear test of Operation Teapot. ESS was a 1 kiloton nuclear blast. ESS, short for Effects Sub Surface was detonated on March 23, 1955. Operation Teapot was a series of fourteen nuclear test explosions conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the first half of 1955. It was preceded by Operation Castle, and followed by Operation Wigwam. Wigwam was, administratively, a part of Teapot, but it is usually treated as a class of its own. The aims of the operation were to establish military tactics for ground forces on a nuclear battlefield and to improve the nuclear weapons used for strategic delivery. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Teapot