OPERATION IVY -- MIKE SHOT

Webmaster's Note: The following is compiled from several reports and articles currently available from several web sites, from government archives, and from information furnished by Becky Miller. Also see the page about her father, Jimmy Robinson, an F-84G pilot, who was lost during Operation Ive, Mike Shot. The compilation here is by no means complete, rather being a quick overview. Additional material will be included as it either becomes available or I get permission to use it.


Operation Ivy took place in the Marshall Islands, and consisted of two tests, Mike Shot and King Shot. Both were tests of hydrogen bombs, Mike Shot being the first test of this type of nuclear weapon. In excess of 10,000 personnel took part in the test, most being military, but some civilian. For the purposes of this web site, the significance of these tests was the use of F-84G Thunderjets to fly through the radioactive cloud to gather data about radiation levels. Two F-84Gs flew through the cloud after the device was detonated. The Thunderjets were equipped with special equipment to measure the data, and the pilots were outfitted with special protective suits and helmets. Because of flight conditions of the operation and within the cloud, both aircraft ran low on fuel. One was able to make an emergency landing on Eniwetok, the other, F-84G-5-RE 51-1040 flown by Jimmy Robinson, had to ditch about three miles out from the runway. Escort aircraft observed Robinson ejecting from the aircraft at about 2000 feet, but it appeared his parachute did not open. Subsequently, a rescue operation was mounted, including air, sea, and diver searches. Three items from the aircraft were recovered, but neither pilot nor aircraft were found.


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