Let me just say that Pat Bradley is lucky to be able to recount anything these days. That’s because in the 1950’s he was a cameraman in charge of photographing the US military’s atomic bomb tests in the Pacific and was, apparently, the man behind this classic “huge atomic bomb explosion” video. The original has received millions of views on youtube over the years, but, in this version, Pat Bradley provides us with a first-hand account what it was like to film an explosion from an island just 2.5 miles away.
Wahoo and Umbrella, shown here, were the code names for two underwater nuclear tests conducted in 1958 near Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Wahoo detonated on May 16 and Umbrella on June 8.
This sequence is available in new HD version of Atomic Filmmakers – Hollywood’s Top Secret Film Studio on the GoDigital channel on Youtube.