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Operation Flintlock

American military history records two operations called Flintlock:

The 31 January 1944invasion of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. This attack sank a large number of Japanese ships and stripped the air base at Truk of its offensive potential. With Truk neutralized, it could be bypassed, forgoing a costly invasion. Kwajalein fell on 7 February after stiff Japanese resistance. See Operation Elkton[?].

2. A series of forty nuclear tests[?] conducted with one exception at the Nevada Test Site. These tests followed Whetstone and were in turn followed by Latchkey[?].

The Red Hot test was notable for the release of one million curies of radioactivity which drifted as far as eastern Iowa. The individual test shots were:

Flintlock Test Blasts
Test Name Date Location Yield Note
Bronze23 July 1965Nevada Test Siteabout 60 kilotons
Mauve6 August 1965Nevada Test Siteabout 18 kilotons
Centaur27 August 1965Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Screamer1 September 1965Nevada Test Siteabout 12 kilotons
Charcoal10 September 1965Nevada Test Site20-200 kilotons
Elkhart17 September 1965Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Longshot29 October 1965Nevada Test Site80 kilotonsnear Amchitka[?], Alaska
Sepia12 November 1965Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Corduroy3 December 1965Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Emerson16 December 1965Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Buff16 December 1965Nevada Test Siteabout 36 kilotons
Maxwell13 January 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Lampblack18 January 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 36 kilotons
Dovekie21 January 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Plaid II3 February 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 32 kilotons
Rex24 February 1966Nevada Test Site19 kilotons
Red Hot5 March 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Finfoot7 March 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Clymer12 March 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Purple18 March 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Templar24 March 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotonsOperation Plowshare
Lime1 April 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Stutz6 April 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Tomato7 April 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Duyea14 April 1966Nevada Test Site70 kilotons
Pin Stripe25 April 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 4 kilotons
Traveler4 May 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Cyclamen5 May 1966Nevada Test Site12 kilotons
Chartreuse6 May 1966Nevada Test Site73 kilotons
Tapestry12 May 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Piranha13 May 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 100 kilotons
Dumont19 May 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 190 kilotons
Discus Thrower27 May 1966Nevada Test Site22 kilotons
Pile Driver2 June 1966Nevada Test Site62 kilotons
Tan3 June 1966Nevada Test Siteabout 140 kilotons
Puce10 June 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Double Play15 June 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Kankakee15 June 1966Nevada Test Site<20 kilotons
Vulcan4 May 1966Nevada Test Site25 kilotons Operation Plowshare
Halfbreak30 June 1966Nevada Test Site365 kilotons



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