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Monarch lathe destroyed in Rocky Flats 1957 plutonium fire

TXNinAZ

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Feb 23, 2017
Thought this was worth sharing- a government investigation photo of a Series 60 or 61 after being destroyed in the plutonium fire at Rocky Flats, CO on 9/11/57. This machine was surrounded by a stainless steel glove box so technicians could safely reach in through lead-lined gloves to turn plutonium pucks that were made into triggers for nuclear weapons. Searched in the national archives for more photos of this machine but didn't find any. Enjoy!
 

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