SNIFFERS

TONY BUTTLER SHEDS LIGHT ON A LITTLE-KNOWN ASPECT OF THE VICTOR’S SERVICE LIFE - SAMPLING FALLOUT FROM NUCLEAR TESTS

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Victor B(SR).2 XL161 in September 1971 showing a filter basket fitted to the nose of the underwing tanks.
TERRY PANOPALIS COLLECTION

Collecting air samples after a nuclear test was an important task – not just for the nation causing the explosion but also for allies or rivals trying to gain intelligence. During the 1950s and through to the 1970s, atmospheric sampling by specially configured aircraft to monitor levels of radiation was standard procedure.

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