It was even larger...
4.6 tons, Length 3.25m, Diameter 1.5m
Yield 20 Kilotons
Why Do You Care To Know This?
Because that was in 1946, and we all know very well - how much more research was done in thisproject AFTER these bombs were developed. Lets fast forward to the late 1950's and examine the'Davy Crockett' - a tiny dial-a-yield nuclear warheadThe Davey Crockett shown loaded onto its rocket booster. It had a dial-a-yield from a measly 10 tonsall the way up to 0.5 kilotons
. This photo was taken in 1961, and now Davey Crocketts can befound in the United States Army Ordinace Museum.There are some important things to note in this.
16 years was all it took for the atomic weapon to go from weighing 4.5 tons all the waydown to 23 kg. This weight ratio is 195:1.
The size and number of people involved in the Manhatten project was huge, eventuallyemploying over 130,000 people at three sites, and costing in todays dollarsapproximately $24 Billion
At one facility it was so secret that State Governor was unaware of its existence. Thefacility known as Oak Ridge was to become the fifth largest city in the state, andconsumed 1/6
of the electrical power produced in the U.S. More than New York City.This shows that large projects CAN be done in complete secrecy and with no publicknowledge.