National Geographic : 1986 Jun
U. S . AIR FORCE(ABOVE); U. S . NAVY/NATIONALARCHIVES Ringside seats for the "bomb" were a hot ticket in 1951, when military and civilianVIPs (above) watched from the officers club on Enewetak, just 12.5 miles from ground zero. Naivete was the orderof the day during the 1946 tests, when radioactivetarget ships were boarded within hours of a blast,and men assigned to scrub down the decks (below) routinely ate on board.