Newport News, Virginia: Virginia War Museum - Atomic Cannon

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Virginia War Museum

Address:
9285 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA
Directions:
Virginia War Museum. I-64 exit 263A. South on Mercury Blvd/US 258 for 2.5 miles. At the last traffic light before the bridge, turn right into Huntington Park and follow signs for the Museum.
Hours:
M-Sa 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su 1-4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
757-247-8523
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Virginia War Museum - Atomic Cannon
The only gun ever designed to fire a nuclear warhead, displayed so we can appreciate it. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Atomic Cannon.

Virginia War Museum: Atomic Cannon

This was the original prototype for the Atomic Cannon, of which around 20 were eventually built. It was completed in early 1953. The idea was that it could fire a nuclear warhead far enough that it wouldn't kill the gunnery crew. Apparently the designers got a case of Nuclear Jitters, because all subsequent Atomic Cannons were slightly larger.

[Pete Norloff, 08/13/2019]

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