Operation Whetstone

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Operation Whetstone
Whetstone Sulky 001.jpg
Rubble mound formed by the Sulky shot.
Information
Country United States
Test site NTS Area 15; NTS Area 16, Shoshone Mountain; NTS Area 18, Buckboard Mesa; NTS Area 19, 20, Pahute Mesa; NTS Areas 5, 11, Frenchman Flat; NTS, Areas 1-4, 6-10, Yucca Flat; Salmon Site, near Lumberton, Mississippi
Period 1964-1965
Number of tests 46
Test type cratering, underground shaft, underground tunnel
Max. yield 51 kilotonnes of TNT (210 TJ)
Navigation
Previous test series Operation Niblick
Next test series Operation Flintlock (nuclear test)

The United States's Whetstone nuclear test series[1] was a group of 46 nuclear tests conducted in 1964-1965. These tests [note 1] followed the Operation Niblick series and preceeded the Operation Flintlock (nuclear test) series.

United States' Whetstone series tests and detonations
Name [note 2] Date time (UT) Local time zone [note 3][2] Location [note 4] Elevation + height [note 5] Delivery [note 6]
Purpose [note 7]
Device [note 8] Yield [note 9] Fallout [note 10] References Notes
Bye 16 July 1964 13:15:00.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U10i 37°10′56″N 116°02′46″W / 37.18215°N 116.04623°W / 37.18215; -116.04623 (Bye) 1,295 m (4,249 ft) - 389.26 m (1,277.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
20 kt Venting detected, less than 390 Ci (14,000 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Links 23 July 1964 13:30:00.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bf 37°06′49″N 116°01′58″W / 37.11371°N 116.03288°W / 37.11371; -116.03288 (Links) 1,273 m (4,177 ft) - 119.8 m (393 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt Venting detected on site, less than 7 Ci (260 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7]
Trogon 24 July 1964 18:30:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dj 37°02′46″N 116°00′47″W / 37.04606°N 116.01293°W / 37.04606; -116.01293 (Trogon) 1,204 m (3,950 ft) - 193.03 m (633.3 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7]
Alva 19 August 1964 16:00:00.14 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2j 37°09′32″N 116°05′02″W / 37.15902°N 116.08402°W / 37.15902; -116.08402 (Alva) 1,320 m (4,330 ft) - 166.04 m (544.8 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
4.4 kt Venting detected off site, 6.4 kCi (240 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Canvasback 22 August 1964 22:17:00.06 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3cp 37°03′55″N 116°00′59″W / 37.06529°N 116.01631°W / 37.06529; -116.01631 (Canvasback) 1,226 m (4,022 ft) - 447.66 m (1,468.7 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
18 kt Venting detected, 2 kCi (74 TBq) [1][3][4][6][7][8]
Player 27 August 1964 14:30:00.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9cc 37°07′02″N 116°02′30″W / 37.11731°N 116.04153°W / 37.11731; -116.04153 (Player) 1,254 m (4,114 ft) - 91.44 m (300.0 ft) underground shaft,
safety experiment
less than 20 kt [1][6][7]
Haddock 28 August 1964 17:06:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dl 37°04′01″N 116°01′23″W / 37.06699°N 116.02304°W / 37.06699; -116.02304 (Haddock) 1,222 m (4,009 ft) - 363.66 m (1,193.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7]
Guanay 4 September 1964 18:15:00.08 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3di 37°01′03″N 116°01′24″W / 37.01757°N 116.02343°W / 37.01757; -116.02343 (Guanay) 1,184 m (3,885 ft) - 260.97 m (856.2 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
12 kt [1][5][6][7][8]
Spoon 11 September 1964 14:00:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bd 37°06′49″N 116°01′35″W / 37.11367°N 116.02636°W / 37.11367; -116.02636 (Spoon) 1,289 m (4,229 ft) - 179.68 m (589.5 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
200 t Venting detected, 390 Ci (14,000 GBq) [1][4][6][7][8]
Auk 2 October 1964 20:03:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U7b 37°04′40″N 116°00′34″W / 37.07787°N 116.00937°W / 37.07787; -116.00937 (Auk) 1,254 m (4,114 ft) - 452.38 m (1,484.2 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
12 kt [1][6][7][9]
Par 9 October 1964 14:00:00.12 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2p 37°09′05″N 116°04′40″W / 37.15138°N 116.0779°W / 37.15138; -116.0779 (Par) 1,304 m (4,278 ft) - 403.86 m (1,325.0 ft) underground shaft,
peaceful research
38 kt Venting detected, 610 Ci (23,000 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7] A Plowshare device with high neutron flux for creation of heavy isotopes.
Barbel - 1 (with Turnstone) 16 October 1964 15:59:30.038 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3bx 37°02′22″N 116°00′59″W / 37.03948°N 116.01641°W / 37.03948; -116.01641 (Barbel - 1) 1,194 m (3,917 ft) - 258.9 m (849 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
7 kt Venting detected, 290 Ci (11,000 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7] simultaneous, separate holes.
Turnstone - 2 (with Barbel) 16 October 1964 15:59:30.03 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dt 37°02′01″N 116°01′32″W / 37.03349°N 116.02555°W / 37.03349; -116.02555 (Turnstone - 2) 1,191 m (3,907 ft) + underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7] simultaneous, separate holes.
Salmon 22 October 1964 16:00:00.0 CST (-6 hrs)
Salmon Site, near Lumberton, Mississippi 31°08′32″N 89°34′12″W / 31.14229°N 89.57001°W / 31.14229; -89.57001 (Salmon) 74 m (243 ft) - 830 m (2,720 ft) underground shaft,
joint verification
5.3 kt [1][7] Project Vela Uniform/Dribble, detection of underground tests. Exploded in Tatum salt dome.
Garden 23 October 1964 15:00:00.94 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9aj 37°07′01″N 116°01′55″W / 37.11699°N 116.03202°W / 37.11699; -116.03202 (Garden) 1,274 m (4,180 ft) - 149.66 m (491.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7]
Forest 31 October 1964 17:04:58.61 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U7a 37°06′26″N 116°01′59″W / 37.10717°N 116.03312°W / 37.10717; -116.03312 (Forest) 1,270 m (4,170 ft) - 380.73 m (1,249.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt Venting detected, 5 Ci (180 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7]
Handcar 5 November 1964 15:00:00.11 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U10b 37°10′28″N 116°04′04″W / 37.17431°N 116.0679°W / 37.17431; -116.0679 (Handcar) 1,307 m (4,288 ft) - 402.95 m (1,322.0 ft) underground shaft,
peaceful research
12 kt Venting detected on site, 70 Ci (2,600 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7] A Plowshare project for measuring effects of contained explosion on carbonate rock.
Crepe 5 December 1964 21:15:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2q 37°06′52″N 116°03′16″W / 37.11437°N 116.05431°W / 37.11437; -116.05431 (Crepe) 1,252 m (4,108 ft) - 404.2 m (1,326 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
20 kt Venting detected, 250 Ci (9,200 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Drill (Source-Lower) - 1 5 December 1964 21:15:00.16 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2ai 37°08′03″N 116°04′14″W / 37.13424°N 116.07062°W / 37.13424; -116.07062 (Drill (Source-Lower) - 1) 1,280 m (4,200 ft) - 219.46 m (720.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
3.4 kt Venting detected off site, 61 kCi (2,300 TBq) [1][3][4][6][7] simultaneous, same hole.
Drill (Target-Upper) - 2 5 December 1964 21:15:00.16 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2ai 37°08′03″N 116°04′14″W / 37.13424°N 116.07062°W / 37.13424; -116.07062 (Drill (Target-Upper) - 2) 1,280 m (4,200 ft) + underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt Venting detected off site [1][3][6][7] simultaneous, same hole.
Cassowary - 1 (with Hoopoe) 16 December 1964 20:00:00.07 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3bn 37°02′22″N 116°01′29″W / 37.03954°N 116.02462°W / 37.03954; -116.02462 (Cassowary - 1) 1,194 m (3,917 ft) - 150.14 m (492.6 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7] simultaneous, different holes.
Hoopoe - 2 (with Cassowary) 16 December 1964 20:00:00.07 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3cf 37°02′54″N 116°02′02″W / 37.0484°N 116.03397°W / 37.0484; -116.03397 (Hoopoe - 2) 1,200 m (3,900 ft) + underground shaft,
safety experiment
less than 20 kt [1][6][7] simultaneous, different holes.
Parrot 16 December 1964 20:00:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dk 37°02′05″N 116°00′47″W / 37.03479°N 116.01303°W / 37.03479; -116.01303 (Parrot) 1,192 m (3,911 ft) - 180.32 m (591.6 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
1.3 kt Venting detected off site, 230 kCi (8,500 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Mudpack 16 December 1964 20:10:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U10n 37°10′40″N 116°04′04″W / 37.17776°N 116.06781°W / 37.17776; -116.06781 (Mudpack) 1,310 m (4,300 ft) - 151.79 m (498.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapon effect
2.7 kt Venting detected, less than 54 Ci (2,000 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Sulky 18 December 1964 19:35:00.09 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U18d 37°04′57″N 116°20′36″W / 37.08259°N 116.34345°W / 37.08259; -116.34345 (Sulky) 1,597 m (5,240 ft) - 27.28 m (89.5 ft) underground shaft,
peaceful research
92 t Venting detected off site, 130 kCi (4,800 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7][10] A Plowshare project for hard, dry excavation test, to study dispersion of radionuclides.
Wool 14 January 1965 16:00:00.14 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bh 37°07′08″N 116°01′32″W / 37.11895°N 116.02565°W / 37.11895; -116.02565 (Wool) 1,287 m (4,222 ft) - 215.13 m (705.8 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
7 kt Venting detected, 200 Ci (7,400 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Tern 29 January 1965 18:22:00.03 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dw 37°02′42″N 116°00′50″W / 37.04497°N 116.01396°W / 37.04497; -116.01396 (Tern) 1,202 m (3,944 ft) - 210.65 m (691.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
500 t Venting detected on site, 170 Ci (6,300 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7][8]
Cashmere 4 February 1965 15:30:00.11 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2ad 37°07′51″N 116°03′45″W / 37.13073°N 116.06253°W / 37.13073; -116.06253 (Cashmere) 1,270 m (4,170 ft) - 232.18 m (761.7 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
4 kt Venting detected, 8 Ci (300 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Alpaca 12 February 1965 15:10:29.49 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2a 37°09′54″N 116°04′39″W / 37.165°N 116.07744°W / 37.165; -116.07744 (Alpaca) 1,315 m (4,314 ft) - 224.61 m (736.9 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
330 t Venting detected off site, 40 kCi (1,500 TBq) [1][3][4][6][7]
Merlin 16 February 1965 17:30:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3ct 37°03′06″N 116°01′28″W / 37.05163°N 116.02452°W / 37.05163; -116.02452 (Merlin) 1,203 m (3,947 ft) - 296.14 m (971.6 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
10.1 kt I-131 venting detected, 0 [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Wishbone 18 February 1965 16:18:47.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U5a 36°49′05″N 115°57′00″W / 36.81798°N 115.9501°W / 36.81798; -115.9501 (Wishbone) 913 m (2,995 ft) - 179.22 m (588.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapon effect
5 kt Venting detected on site, 6.9 kCi (260 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Seersucker 19 February 1965 15:28:54.11 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bm 37°07′02″N 116°01′55″W / 37.11723°N 116.03185°W / 37.11723; -116.03185 (Seersucker) 1,274 m (4,180 ft) - 142.34 m (467.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt Venting detected on site, less than 410 Ci (15,000 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7]
Wagtail 3 March 1965 19:13:00.03 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3an 37°03′52″N 116°02′17″W / 37.06448°N 116.03793°W / 37.06448; -116.03793 (Wagtail) 1,210 m (3,970 ft) - 749.59 m (2,459.3 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
51 kt Venting detected, 13 Ci (480 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7][9]
Suede 20 March 1965 15:30:49.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bk 37°06′55″N 116°01′38″W / 37.11538°N 116.02736°W / 37.11538; -116.02736 (Suede) 1,286 m (4,219 ft) - 143.52 m (470.9 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
200 t Venting detected, 1.3 kCi (48 TBq) [1][4][6][7][8]
Cup 26 March 1965 15:34:08.16 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9cb 37°08′51″N 116°02′39″W / 37.14748°N 116.04415°W / 37.14748; -116.04415 (Cup) 1,267 m (4,157 ft) - 536.75 m (1,761.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
38 kt Venting detected, 4.7 kCi (170 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Kestrel 5 April 1965 21:00:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dd 37°01′33″N 116°01′25″W / 37.02576°N 116.02351°W / 37.02576; -116.02351 (Kestrel) 1,187 m (3,894 ft) - 446.87 m (1,466.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
7 kt Venting detected, 230 Ci (8,500 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Palanquin 14 April 1965 13:14:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U20k 37°16′49″N 116°31′28″W / 37.28033°N 116.52445°W / 37.28033; -116.52445 (Palanquin) 1,861 m (6,106 ft) - 85.34 m (280.0 ft) cratering,
peaceful research
4.3 kt Venting detected off site, 11 MCi (410 PBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7][10] A Plowshare project for hard, dry excavation test, to study dispersion of radionuclides.
Gum Drop 21 April 1965 22:00:00.03 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U16a.02 37°00′26″N 116°12′11″W / 37.00712°N 116.20293°W / 37.00712; -116.20293 (Gum Drop) 1,931 m (6,335 ft) - 304.8 m (1,000 ft) underground tunnel,
weapon effect
20 kt Venting detected, 1.9 kCi (70 TBq) [1][3][4][6][7][8]
Chenille 22 April 1965 13:39:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bg 37°06′41″N 116°01′53″W / 37.11137°N 116.03136°W / 37.11137; -116.03136 (Chenille) 1,276 m (4,186 ft) - 140.74 m (461.7 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
1 kt Venting detected on site, less than 110 Ci (4,100 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7][8]
Muscovy 23 April 1965 21:44:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dx 37°01′03″N 115°59′46″W / 37.01741°N 115.99605°W / 37.01741; -115.99605 (Muscovy) 1,189 m (3,901 ft) - 180.29 m (591.5 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
600 t [1][6][7][8]
Tee 7 May 1965 15:47:11.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U2ab 37°08′26″N 116°04′03″W / 37.14042°N 116.06745°W / 37.14042; -116.06745 (Tee) 1,283 m (4,209 ft) - 190.2 m (624 ft) underground shaft,
weapon effect
7 kt Venting detected off site, 1.6 kCi (59 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Buteo 12 May 1965 18:15:00.1 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U20a 37°14′33″N 116°25′54″W / 37.24261°N 116.43175°W / 37.24261; -116.43175 (Buteo) 1,960 m (6,430 ft) - 695.55 m (2,282.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
less than 20 kt [1][6][7]
Cambric 14 May 1965 14:57:52.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U5e 36°49′24″N 115°58′04″W / 36.82334°N 115.9677°W / 36.82334; -115.9677 (Cambric) 929 m (3,048 ft) - 294.28 m (965.5 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
750 t [1][6][7] Cambric and Cheshire (on Pahute Mesa) to study radioactivity movement in ground water. In 16 years 4 billion gallons (30 billion liters) were pumped, took 2 yrs for the tritium to move 300 ft (91 m). Sr-40 and Cs-137 never detected.
Scaup 14 May 1965 17:32:36.23 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3da(s) 37°03′32″N 116°00′45″W / 37.05875°N 116.0125°W / 37.05875; -116.0125 (Scaup) 1,222 m (4,009 ft) - 427.02 m (1,401.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
12 kt [1][5][6][7]
Tweed 21 May 1965 13:08:52.11 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bn 37°07′07″N 116°01′42″W / 37.11848°N 116.02843°W / 37.11848; -116.02843 (Tweed) 1,281 m (4,203 ft) - 281.07 m (922.1 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
15 kt Venting detected, 600 Ci (22,000 GBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Petrel 11 June 1965 19:45:00.04 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U3dy 37°02′34″N 116°01′04″W / 37.04279°N 116.01776°W / 37.04279; -116.01776 (Petrel) 1,197 m (3,927 ft) - 180.75 m (593.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
1.3 kt [1][5][6][7]
Organdy 11 June 1965 20:28:37.11 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U9bo 37°06′57″N 116°01′27″W / 37.11573°N 116.02412°W / 37.11573; -116.02412 (Organdy) 1,294 m (4,245 ft) - 169.47 m (556.0 ft) underground shaft,
weapons development
500 t Venting detected, 130 Ci (4,800 GBq) [1][4][6][7][8]
Diluted Waters 16 June 1965 16:30:00.15 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U5b 36°49′05″N 115°57′26″W / 36.81808°N 115.95709°W / 36.81808; -115.95709 (Diluted Waters) 916 m (3,005 ft) - 190.5 m (625 ft) underground shaft,
weapon effect
4 kt Venting detected off site, 30 kCi (1,100 TBq) [1][3][4][5][6][7]
Tiny Tot 17 June 1965 17:00:00.09 PST (-8 hrs)
NTS Area U15e 37°13′24″N 116°03′28″W / 37.22337°N 116.05784°W / 37.22337; -116.05784 (Tiny Tot) 1,533 m (5,030 ft) - 110.95 m (364.0 ft) underground tunnel,
weapon effect
less than 20 kt Venting detected on site, 7 Ci (260 GBq) [1][3][4][6][7]

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