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   Next time you think you've suffered a rough flight, remember this RAF navigator who was ordered to fly through H-bomb mushroom clouds twice - and has had cancer seven times since

08 Nov 2012 12:18 PM   |   8187 clicks   |   BBC
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Tr0mBoNe    [TotalFark]  
Therapeutic levels.

08 Nov 2012 09:10 AM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  
Well. He was paid to be there! I'm paying to be here. Now get me my damn drink and bag of pretzels!!

08 Nov 2012 09:33 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
And no super powers.

08 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
The good news is, OSHA* now has a conversion from mushroom cloud flights to cancer rates, 1:3.5, and can use that to set acceptable workplace limits of H bomb flyovers.

* Or the British equivalent, too lazy to look it up.

08 Nov 2012 11:54 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
Lucky number 7?

/Lucky to survive at least 6 times, I suppose?

08 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Sin_City_Superhero    [TotalFark]  
I like mushrooms...

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08 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
SacriliciousBeerSwiller     
Their job was to measure how successful the explosion had been.

Uh huh. Nah, more likely their job was simply as lab rats to see what indeed would happen to someone who flew through a mushroom cloud.

08 Nov 2012 12:25 PM
dabbletech     

ZAZ: The good news is, OSHA* now has a conversion from mushroom cloud flights to cancer rates, 1:3.5, and can use that to set acceptable workplace limits of H bomb flyovers.

* Or the British equivalent, too lazy to look it up.


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08 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
BigLuca    [TotalFark]  
I bet he got cancer in all 7 of his balls.

08 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
Bigjohn3592     
Hmm. 7 cancers. Most people are done for by their second or even third cancer. Those bombs must have toughened him up.

08 Nov 2012 12:27 PM
jfivealive     
We all go through radiation poisoning every time we fly via body scanners. I grew a mass on my right buttox that strangely resembles the face of jesus on the virgin mary. You'll see the article next week. The sun will be there.

08 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
CCCarnie     
Thus proving that he is immortal and we all should fly through mushroom clouds.

08 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
tuxq     
am i the only one thinking they should get a Glowing Heart for those who get cancer from their service? Just a crystal heart with tritium painted on the back to shine through... it'd be awesome.

and I'm not speaking coldly about those in the service, but sometimes all you can do is laugh

08 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
Oznog     

Diogenes: And no super powers.


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At least the goggles helped. This time.

08 Nov 2012 12:38 PM
Mega Steve     

Diogenes: And no super powers.


Now, if he'd been bitten by the plane...

08 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
EdNortonsTwin     
"We were doing it and we were all ready to die," he says.

Hence the cancer.

08 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
Just another Heartland Weirdass     
Cancer. We all just get along.

08 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
jn1512     
Pfft - amateur. I once had to fly from Seattle to Cincinnati and all I had to watch was "The Black Dahlia."


/worse than ball-cancer

08 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
MythDragon     
Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?

08 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
SpectroBoy     
THIS is why the GOP is right when they say regulation is killing innovation!

08 Nov 2012 01:37 PM
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I'm sure he never smoked like a chimney while in the RAF.

08 Nov 2012 01:46 PM
Jument     
We had our eyes closed, but even with our eyes closed we could see the light through our eye lids.

I'm kind of surprised that:
a) The flash didn't damage their eyes through their eyelids, and
b) He's still alive??!?!?! Maybe he did get super powers!

08 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
Lord Schtupp     
Was it over Macho Grande?

08 Nov 2012 01:49 PM
show me    [TotalFark]  

MythDragon: Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?


Well there was a movie about that and it was called...wait for it...Project X!

/who woulda thunk?

08 Nov 2012 02:06 PM
gglibertine     
"It was then that the plane's internal measuring equipment maxed out, Pasquini says, exposing them all to high dosages of radioactivity."

Is this kind of like how if you wear a thermometer around your neck on a hot day, you stay cool until it explodes?

/the real question is whether the author of TFA is ignorant or merely incompetent
//sentences should not have dangly bits

08 Nov 2012 02:07 PM
MythDragon     

show me: MythDragon: Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?

Well there was a movie about that and it was called...wait for it...Project X!

/who woulda thunk?


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08 Nov 2012 03:01 PM
Man On Pink Corner    [TotalFark]  
I dunno. If you make it to 79, you weren't that badly messed up by whatever you went through. Not compared to some.

08 Nov 2012 03:29 PM
Loren     
"The Londoner attributes his own illnesses and those of his children to the effects of the radiation exposure, as well as the cancers and illnesses of other nuclear veterans and their children."

Oh? Radiation exposure has never been linked to cancer in one's offspring.

08 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
Tsar_Bomba1     
I was hired by a guy who's brother was on one of the camera planes on the Nagasaki drop. They were told to put on their goggles, close their eyes and wait until the all clear sign was given.

His brother said when he took off his goggles he could see the bones of his foot glowing through his shoe. Always though he was pulling my leg until I ran across a few more incidents like that.

If you can find it watch "Radio Bikini". I won't give away the reveal at the end, but it's well worth it if you want to see some of the results of the Baker test.

08 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
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